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West Wales Centre History

The West Wales Centre was formed at a meeting that took place at The Dolphin Hotel Swansea on 13 Nov 1965 chaired by the Vice Chair of the Caravan Club.


The meeting elected Mr Harry Shaw as its first Chairman, Mr B L Arthur was elected at Vice Chairman, elected Honorary Secretary was Mr WD Hughes and the Honorary Treasurer was Mr H Wilson Thomas. The main committee consisted of Mr R Freeman, Mr S H Hiley, Mr L Hildich and Mr L H Trainer.


The meeting was attended by Mr Frank Loring who was the South Wales Centre chairman who wished the new centre best wishes for the future. The new centre was officially started on January 1st 1966

 

The first committee meeting took place at the Ivy Bush Hotel, Carmarthen on December 7th 1965 at which it was agreed that the 1st West Wales rally would take place at Derwydd farm,  Carmarthen on the 5th May 1966 at a cost of 5 shillings for the weekend!! The first West Wales Dinner and Dance was also agreed at this meeting and that it would take place at the Ivy Bush at a cost of 30 shillings!! For this members had entertainment from with a three piece band  (at the huge expense of £20) and a harpist was booked to play during the meal.

 

Prior to the West Wales Centre being formed, there had been 2 Welsh Centres (North & South Wales with the divide roughly half way up the country)

 

The 1st West Wales AGM was at the Dolphin Hotel on Sunday September 25th at 2.30pm, all officers returned unopposed. There were 124 members listed at the first AGM which then rose to over 400 by the end of the season. 23 rallies were proposed for the coming season 1966/67. The inaugural West Wales Dinner and Dance was attended by the Vice-Chairman of the Caravan Club, the Mayor of Carmarthen and the Chief Constable of Carmarthenshire.


The Centre still visits many of the original venues and continues to hold annual Dinner and Dances (although the cost has increased from the initial 30 shillings!), there are now 6 Welsh Centres, West Wales, South Wales, Dyfed, North Wales, Gwent and South Glamorgan.