Sunday, 20 October 2013

Y Pengwern – perfect for a Snowdonian AGM

CymdeithasEryri the Snowdonia Society held its AGM in Y Pengwern, the community pub that used to be called the Pengwern Arms. A perfect venue: central, spacious and welcoming. 

Local guide Catrin Roberts led an interesting walk around the village taking in the history of various buildings such as Plas Blaenddol, the posh house of slate magnates the Cassons, which is now a great self-catering option. Some sampled the local ales including Ysgawen, the elderflower brew from Purple Moose and at 1pm we enjoyed a seated lunch in the dining room with sunshine flooding through the windows. Food was excellent, everything home cooked under the watchful eye of Karen, the manager. Her family owned the pub many years ago and she certainly looks at home today, proud and efficient in her work.

The scene was set, the mood and ambience just right as forty of us took our seats in the function room. Reports were presented and well received. The annual report and accounts were approved without debate. Elections and re-elections of officers went smoothly. The motion to adopt a new constitution was approved with but a minor question as to whether there would be any associated cost. Business was concluded forty five minutes ahead of schedule. Perfect!

Tea was brought forward and we were spellbound by Dei Tomos talking under the title of ‘Storm Clouds Gathering’ and excellently translated by Bryn Jones.

Why did everything go so well? I blame the Pengwern, it’s a perfect venue. As one of the 160 shareholders I’m biased but with good cause.

It’s great to see this community pub maturing and evolving, in recent months they have refurbished five of the bedrooms and the guest book has many favourable comments. Keep it up everyone. Daliwch ati pawb!

Huw Jenkins