Past Events

Friday, 30th October 2015

Annual Trellech United Talk & Supper

Join us for an informal, entertaining and insightful evening with former Governor of HMP Belmarsh, Geoffrey Hughes. Geoff is a penal expert and knowledgeable speaker who gives a practitioner’s view of imprisonment, crime and punishment, providing a fascinating insight into life behind prison walls.

A non-party-political talk and 2-course supper that is open to everyone to attend

Former Prison Governor & Penal Expert, Geoffrey Hughes BA MEd MBA

Geoffrey Hughes BA MEd MBA

Geoffrey Hughes BA MEd MBA

‘Beyond the Prison Wall – A Governor’s Perspective’

Geoff was born and raised in Usk and was educated at Monmouth School. He spent 27 years in the Prison Service before retiring in 2008. During his HMP career he was the Governor of HMP Belmarsh (the highest security prison in UK), Cardiff and Drake Hall and served for 4 years as an inspector with HM Inspectorate of Prisons.

Before retirement he was Area Manager for all public sector prisons in Wales. A Founder member of the Prison Governors’ Association, Member of Penal Reform International and a Member of the Association of Churchill Fellows. He is now a Prison Consultant and advises prison services overseas.

HMP Belmarsh

HMP Belmarsh (the highest security prison in UK)

ABOUT GEOFF

Geoff Hughes trained as a teacher and taught for 9 years in comprehensive schools and a secure unit for disaffected adolescent boys. He joined the Prison Service in 1981 and spent 27 years in over 100 prisons in England and Wales. His experience includes working in young offender establishments, women’s prisons, adult male prisons and high security prisons.

Geoff governed 3 prisons, Belmarsh, Drake Hall and Cardiff and held important posts in Prison Service Headquarters including Head of Security.

As Governor he was responsible for running effective and efficient prisons to protect the public and to help reduce re-offending. The varied work included dealing with crises such as hostage taking incidents and concerted indiscipline by prisoners as well as managing political influence, media interest and industrial relations.

Whilst Governor of Belmarsh Prison he was responsible for nearly 1,000 staff and a budget of £35m.

Geoff spent 4 years on secondment to HM Inspectorate of Prisons reporting, on the treatment of and conditions for prisoners on behalf of 2 Chief Inspectors, Lord Ramsbotham and Dame Anne Owers. This involved leading teams on announced and unannounced visits to prisons throughout the country.

In 1999 he was awarded a Sir Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to study prison inspection in Finland and Sweden.

Over the last 13 years Geoff has travelled extensively on prison work to countries including China, Argentina, Kosova, Australia, Bulgaria, Poland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Jamaica, Mongolia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, France and Turkey as a consultant.

Schedule:

Venue: The Babington Centre (Trellech Village Hall), Trellech, Nr. Monmouth, Monmouthshire NP25 4PA

6:30pm Pre-event subsidised ‘bar’.

7:00pm Talk by Geoffrey Hughes, ‘Beyond the Prison Wall – A Governor’s Perspective’ followed by a Q&A session.

8:00pm Raffle draw & supper.

Raffle Prizes:

  1. Bell’s Blended Scotch whisky, Help for Heroes limited edition (70cl)
  2. House of Commons Merlot, France (75cl), signed by the Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP.
  3. House of Commons handmade Champagne truffles (150g)

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Join us for our ‘Annual Coffee-Morning Talk’; enlightening and very personal view of life as an Assembly Member, and the future shape of Welsh devolution.

A non-party-political talk/presentation that is open to everyone to attend. All profit from the ticket price will be donated to a local good cause/charity.

Assembly Member for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay AM9ae33723-9fd5-4363-9045-24da2eb05623

A Day in the Life of an AM & Future Shape of Welsh Devolution

Nick’s coffee morning presentation will offer a behind the scenes look at the National Assembly for Wales and details what an Assembly Member (AM) gets up to in their constituencies as well as in Cardiff. Nick considers this a great way to meet constituents and helps give people a better understanding of what he does as an AM, Shadow Minister, and constituency AM back home in Monmouth.

‘A Day in the Life’ is a non-party-political talk and open to anyone to attend. The talk will also include the future shape of Welsh devolution. Appetite for independence is low in Wales, but polls suggest support for further powers stands at 49%, including devolving tax raising powers which is of great concern to the people of this constituency. Afterwards, Nick will open up the floor for questions.

Nick Ramsay was elected as Assembly Member for Monmouth in May 2007 and served as Shadow Minister for Local Government & Public Services until October 2008 when he was appointed Shadow Minister for Finance. Nick has since served as Shadow Health Minister and Opposition Chief Whip and Business Manager. Nick was re-elected by the voters of Monmouth in May 2011 and subsequently ran for leadership of the Conservative group narrowly losing out to Andrew RT Davies. In July 2011, Nick was appointed Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise and Technology and served until February 2014. Nick then returned to the Shadow Cabinet when he was appointed Shadow Minister for Finance in July 2014.

CAMPAIGNERS for a Cancer Drugs Fund for Wales today handed in the biggest petition ever to have been presented Assembly Members.

Campaigners for a Cancer Drugs Fund for Wales handing over to Nick Ramsay AM, the biggest petition ever to have been presented to Assembly Members. The petition, which was set up by Usk resident, Julie McGowan, was signed by more than 98,000 people.

Schedule:

Venue: The Babington Centre (Trellech Village Hall), Trellech, Nr. Monmouth, Monmouthshire NP25 4PA

09:45am Doors Open for pre-event refreshments.

10:30am Talk/Presentation by Nick Ramsay AM,  ‘A Day in the Life’ & Future Shape of Welsh Devolution, followed by a Q&A session.

11:30am Raffle draw.

Raffle Prizes:

  1. Afternoon Tea for Two, and guided tour of the Senedd building, Cardiff Bay.
  2. FREE MOT at Rapidfix, Llanishen Garage, Monmouthshire.
  3. Bottle of Claret (2011), 75cl.

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Friday, 21 November 2014 7pm

Join us for an evening and enjoy an enlightening and very personal view of life as a Consultant General Surgeon, at home and abroad

A non-political talk and 2-course supper that is open to anyone to attend

Consultant General Surgeon Brian StephensonBen & Dad

‘Charitable Surgery in Africa’

From surgery in modern facilities at the Royal Gwent Hospital to joining a humanitarian mission in a more ill-equipped part of the world.

Brian Stephenson was appointed Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon in 1995 and is an Honorary Clinical Teacher in Surgery, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff and past Examiner in Surgery and Clinical Anatomy, Royal College of Surgeons of England. He convened and is a Board Member of the British Hernia Society and is on the Disciplinary Panel of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland. He has published on a wide variety of subjects and recently co-authored the Groin Hernia Guidelines in the Issues in Professional Practice series on behalf of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland (May 2013). He has a wide experience in all aspects of elective and emergency general surgery having trained in London, Leeds and South Wales. He has a busy practice and runs numerous ‘hernia pathways’ to streamline patient care.

Brian is used to performing surgery in modern facilities at the Royal Gwent Hospital. Charitable Surgery in Africa: innovative use of mosquito net mesh’ is how he utilised these skills in a more ill-equipped part of the world.

He spent over a year as a mission surgeon in South Africa in 1983 and is fortunate to still be able to continue operating in many foreign countries on a humanitarian basis, primarily on groin hernia patients. Since 2005 he has worked closely with the charity ‘Operation Hernia’ which has pioneered the use of mosquito net mesh in the repair of hernias to patients in low-income and resource poor countries.

joint op in IC

Schedule:

Venue: The Babington Centre (Trellech Village Hall), Trellech, Nr. Monmouth, Monmouthshire NP25 4PA

6:30pm Pre-event subsidised ‘bar’.

7:00pm Talk by Brian Stephenson, ‘Charitable Surgery in Africa’ followed by a Q&A session.

8:00pm Raffle draw & supper.

Raffle Prizes:

  1. Bottle of Glenfiddich Solera Reserve single malt scotch whisky. Aged 15 years.
  2. Bottle of Le Maine Giraud (2008) 75cl.
  3. Terry’s All Gold dark chocolate (380g).

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Friday, 19 September 2014

A talk in aid of local educational charities in memory of The Hon. Arthur Somerset (1960-2012), former Chairman of Trellech Conservatives.

Join us for an evening and be swept away by the enthusiasm of author, journalist, TV presenter, cyclist and wannabe woodsman – Rob Penn.

A non-political talk and 2-course supper that is open to anyone to attend

Rob Penn

Rob Penn on the Trans-Amazonian Highway, which was built by the Brazilian military dictatorship in the early 1970s, to open up the southern Amazon basin for colonization and economic exploitation.

Rob Penn on the Trans-Amazonian Highway, which was built by the Brazilian military dictatorship in the early 1970s, to open up the southern Amazon basin for colonization and economic exploitation.

‘The Road to Nowhere’

A very personal view of his adventures on the Trans-Amazonian Highway

Robert Penn is an author, journalist, TV presenter, cyclist and wannabe woodsman. He’s ridden a bicycle most days of his adult life, in over forty countries on five continents. In his late-twenties, he cycled round the world. His book, ‘It’s All About the Bike: the Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels’ was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into 11 languages.

In 2012, Rob presented ‘Tales from the Wild Wood’, a six-part series for BBC4 about British Woodlands which explored the great British love affair with trees; and is the author of ‘The Man Who Cut Down Trees’ which is to be published in 2015.

In September 2013, he cycled the Trans-Amazonian Highway with Freddie Flintoff, to make a documentary series for Sky TV. The pair cycled 500 miles while learning about the devastating effects of deforestation. Flintoff’s Road to Nowhere aired on Sky1 in April 2014.

“The Amazon was never on my bucket list of places to go for a bike ride. The roads are poorly maintained, pounded by logging lorries and often mind-numbingly straight; the heat and humidity are debilitating; the scenery hardly changes for some two million square miles; and there are 196 species of snake. However, the chance to make a TV documentary about the rainforest with one of my cricketing heroes, Freddie Flintoff, was more than I could resist.”   Rob Penn

Rob Penn and Freddie Flintoff’s ‘Road to Nowhere’

Rob Penn and Freddie Flintoff’s ‘Road to Nowhere’

Schedule:

Venue: The Babington Centre (Trellech Village Hall), Trellech, Nr. Monmouth, Monmouthshire NP25 4PA

6:30pm Pre-event subsidised ‘bar’.

7:00pm Talk by Rob Penn, ‘Road to Nowhere’ followed by a Q&A session.

8:00pm Raffle draw & supper.

Raffle Prizes:

  1. Sunday Lunch for 2 people at The Carpenters Arms, Llanishen.
  2. ‘It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness On Two Wheels’ by Robert Penn (Hardback book)
  3. ‘The Wrong Kind of Snow’ by Antony Woodward & Robert Penn (Hardback book)
  4. ‘The Sky is Falling on Our Heads: A Journey to the Bottom of the Celtic Fringe’ by Robert Penn (Hardback book)
  5. Box of Lindt Swiss Luxury Selection (215g)

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Friday, 7 March 2014

A non-political talk open to anyone to attend.

Trellech United presents a very personal view of life in the armed forces by a serving Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army…

Lt. Col. RRD Griffin LG

Lt. Col. RRD Griffin LG (Afghanistan)

Lt. Col. RRD Griffin LG (Afghanistan)

‘Cold War to Hot Wars. Operational to Ceremonial.’

Ralph (Rafe) Griffin was commissioned in to The Life Guards in 1984. His young officer’s tours, commanding a dozen men, were spent in Cyprus with the UN and in the UK including South Armagh. Squadron command tours (of around 100 men) were spent with The Life Guards (tanks) in Germany, with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (ceremonial and horses) in London and with the Household Cavalry Regiment (armoured cars) in Windsor. The Windsor tour included visits to Bosnia, Egypt and Canada. A further tour in Windsor as the second in command of the Regiment saw him deploy troops to Macedonia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Canada and onto the streets of London as firemen!

Staff appointments include planning operations and training in HQ Berlin Infantry Brigade, logistics and personnel issues in 160 (Welsh) Brigade in Brecon and managing junior cavalry officers’ careers in Glasgow. As a Lieutenant Colonel he worked in intelligence in Sarajevo. Following this tour he took command of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (450 men, 312 horses) in London. Since command, he has been Chief of Staff at the Armour Centre, been on the planning staff for the NATO Training Mission to Afghanistan (Kabul) and he currently works in Joint Warfare, a tri Service organisation in London.

He is a graduate of the UK Staff College and has an MA and MBA. He lives locally and his family have long historical ties to the area.

Lt. Col. RRD Griffin LG leading a group up Rotten Row

Lt. Col. RRD Griffin LG leading a group up Rotten Row

Schedule:

Venue: The Babington Centre (Trellech Village Hall), Trellech, Nr.Monmouth, Monmouthshire NP25 4PA

6:30pm Pre-event subsidised ‘bar’.

7:00pm Talk by Lt. Col. RRD Griffin LG, ‘Cold War to Hot Wars. Operational to Ceremonial’, followed by a Q&A session.

8:00pm Raffle draw & buffet.

Raffle Prizes:

1. ‘Horse Guards’ by Barney White-Spunner (625pp) amusing, light-hearted and very readable history of the Household Cavalry.

2. Bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label whisky (1 litre) Aged 12 Years.

3. Box of Thornton Premium Collection (366g).

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Saturday, 22 February 2014

FUNDRAISING TALK FOR CHARITY*

A behind the scenes look at the Houses of Parliament through the eyes of your local MP

David Davies MP  ‘A Day in the Life of your MP’

David Davies MP

‘A Day in the Life’ talk offers a behind the scenes look at the Houses of Parliament and details what a Member of Parliament (MP) gets up to in their constituencies as well as in London. David thoroughly enjoys giving these talks. Not only are they a great way to meet constituents, they help give people a better idea of what he does when he’s in Westminster in his roles as a backbench MP, Chair of the Welsh Affairs Committee, member of the UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and Special Constable with the British Transport Police.

‘A Day in the Life’ is a non-party-political talk and open to anyone to attend. Afterwards, David will open up the floor for questions and promises to be very candid with his answers!

David Davies first stood for Monmouth when the Assembly was established in 1999, on a platform of being against the whole principle of devolution and promising to oppose further powers and stand for the Union. He was the only Conservative elected to any constituency, and in the 2001 election he gained the biggest majority of any AM from any party. In 2005 he was elected as the MP for Monmouth, and again in 2010 with a majority of 10,425. He is a former member of the Home Affairs Committee and his main parliamentary topics of interest are Welsh affairs, policing and climate change policies.

*Please note that ALL PROFIT will be offered as a donation to the two local primary schools (via PTFA) in the area

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Friday, 12 July 2013

Trellech United presents an enlightening talk on our local scenery and environment, illustrated with photographs …

Dr Naylor FirthDr Naylor Firth – ‘Monmouthshire Oddments’

… The more unusual features and quirky aspects of the County!

Dr Naylor Firth has degrees in Geology and Chemistry and has worked extensively in environmental sciences and field geology. He has travelled widely where his interest in colour photography has enabled him to assemble a large collection of images from which he illustrates all his talks. His other main interests include singing with Chepstow Male Voice Choir, gardening and carpentry. He was born in Chepstow and produces the Trip-Ups tourist guides.

Monmouthshire OddmentThe County of Monmouthshire contains a wealth of features reminding us of the historical events, which have moulded its natural and man-made landscape. Castles and Churches are obvious features but this talk concentrates on a diverse range of items, which can easily be overlooked. Examples include mileposts, toll houses, WWII pill boxes, relics of copper and iron smelting, monkey-puzzle trees, bridges, dry valleys and a number of other quirky aspects of the County. Dr Firth can almost guarantee there will be one near you!

This talk on our local scenery and environment is illustrated with photographs.

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Friday, 17 May 2013

Trellech United presents an entertaining and candid talk by best-selling author, screenwriter and former barrister…

M.R. Hall – ‘A Career in Crime’m-r-hall

… From the Bar to a writer of fiction – a relatively small step!

Matthew Hall is a screenwriter and novelist. He began his career at the Bar as a trial lawyer working mostly in the field of criminal law; meanwhile he tried to learn the craft of screen writing, and eventually getting his first commission in television aged 27 writing an episode of the ITV hit series, Kavanagh QC starring John Thaw. He went on to write further episodes and shortly afterwards was commissioned to create a series for the new Channel Five, Wing and A Prayer. The first season earned him a BAFTA nomination in the best series category. He has since written over 50 hours of prime-time TV drama and five novels.

Other credits include episodes of Dalziel and Pascoe, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Life Support, Holby City, A&E, Foyle’s War, Blue Murder and the 2003 television film Loving You. Together with the writer/producer G.F. Newman, he runs One-Eyed Dog Ltd. Productions include Judge John Deed and New Street Law.

His first novel, The Coroner, was shortlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger awarded to the best crime novel of 2009. The latest in the series, The Chosen Dead, was published in January. He divides his time between his family home in the Wye Valley and London.

“Hall’s Gold Dagger-nominated books, quite simply, get better each time.  Hall has hit upon a genuinely fascinating aspect of the justice system . . . The most compelling element of Hall’s books, however, is Cooper herself.”  Independent on Sunday

“M R Hall has created a wonderful heroine in a genre we haven’t seen before.”                 Lynda La Plante

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Friday, 29 June 2012

Trellech United presents a humorous, adrenalin filled evening…

Rob Penn – It’s All About the Bike.   

Robert Penn rides a bicycle to get to work, sometimes for work, to keep fit, to bathe in air and sunshine, to travel, to go shopping, to stay sane, to savour the physical and emotional fellowship of riding with friends, to escape when the world is breaking his balls, for fun, occasionally to impress someone, to scare himself and to hear his boy laugh. He’s ridden a bicycle most days of his adult life, in over forty countries on five continents. In his late-twenties, he pedalled around the world.

Robert’s latest book It’s All About the Bike: the Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels is published by Penguin Press in the UK. It was a Sunday Times bestseller. He is currently filming a new six-part TV series for BBC 4 called Wild Wood, to be broadcast in autumn 2012.

‘It is difficult not to be swept along by Penn’s enthusiasm… He writes with authority, humour and refreshing candour.’ Charles Starmer-Smith, Sunday Telegraph.

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