Gregynog to be captured in 1940s time warp this summer

Posted on 5 May 2011
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For one day in the coming summer, visitors to the University of Wales Gregynog Hall will be transported back to the 1940s.

The wartime swing music of Glen Miller and Vera Lynn will provide the backdrop for Gregynog’s 1940s exhibition and musical evening, to be performed by The Squadronaires on 28 August. Featuring in the exhibition will be a 40s-themed afternoon talk held by a collector of jewellery and underwear from the era. This is just one of a series of special events planned this year to raise the profile of the historical black and white hall and its grounds.

Director of Gregynog Hall, Karen Armstrong said:

“The 1940s is a period of Gregynog’s history that hasn’t yet been researched in detail. The hall was a Red Cross convalescence home during the (Second World) war and there are a lot of stories about individuals who were here.

“Some of the comments from soldiers that convalesced here are lovely and there’s the tragic story of a nurse who threw herself to her death from a first floor window after her love had died.”

Other events planned this year include ‘An evening with Mr Puccini’ performed by Mid Wales Opera on 17 July, Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ acted out by the prestigious Chapterhouse Theatre on 24 August, and a Halloween dinner and ghost hunt with the Mid Wales Paranormal group on 31 October.

Also descending on Gregynog Hall will be a wedding fair, held 8 May; the Gregynog Young Musician competition, which takes place 4 June; the famous Gregynog Festival, running from 17 June – 3 July, and popular local rock band, Up all Nite, who return for a concert on 3 July.

December promises to be a very busy month. The month begins with a Christmas concert by the Friends of Gregynog Youth Musicians on 4 December; music for Christmas by Guilsfield Singers on 11 December; ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Cranford’, performed by Chapterhouse Theatre on 18 and 19 December, respectively, and a Santa’s grotto will be open on 17 and 18 December.

The Estate’s gardens, a major attraction, also play a prominent role in the summer programme. A Garden Festival is planned for 5 June; a midsummer evening of moth recording with Peter Williams takes place on 13 August, and a Giant Vegetable Show will be held on 11 September.

Gregynog Estate is also set to welcome members of the British Carriage Driving Society on 18 September, a vintage tractor rally on 29 May and a classic car rally featuring 1930s Lagonda Rapiers on 3 July.

On the first Sunday of every month, visitors are welcomed for a tour and talk about the history of Gregynog Hall.

The gardens promise to be a blaze of colour this spring as 22,000 newly planted bulbs and 400 roses come into bloom at various points, including within the recesses of the famous yew hedge in the sunken lawn.

To book tickets or to obtain more information contact Gregynog box office on Tel: 01686 650224 or e-mail gregynog@wales.ac.uk Check the website at www.gregynog.wales.ac.uk for updates.

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For press and media information, please contact Tom Barrett, Communications Officer, University of Wales: t.barrett@wales.ac.uk

 

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