Friday, 22 September 2017

Ruperra Castle Preservation Trust hosts Green Plaque for DR William Price.

On Wednesday 27th September 2017 at 2 pm at Rudry Parish Hall, a green plaque will be unveiled to commemorate the birth of Dr William Price in Rudry in 1800. 

He is famous as the father of cremation and many other forward thinking ideas. 

Come and learn more. The guest speaker is Brian Davies retired curator of Pontypridd Museum.

If you are able to atten , please reply to 07713 634854  or  07967 285817 so that we know numbers for the tea and cakes!          Rudry Parish Hall CF83 3DF



Wednesday, 12 July 2017

WW2 Event at Risca Communuty Centre Saturday Juine 24th 2017


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         Up to 40 people celebrated Ruperra Castle Preservation Trust's homage to the Royal Army Medical Corps and the Royal Indian Army who trained together at the castle in 1941. A special guest was ambulance driver Mr Jim Bell of Newport who trained at Ruperra and served at Monte Casino. He is now over 90 years old and in a wheelchair but able to enjoy the event.   


The main guest speaker was Dan Clayton-Jones OBE well known for his work in the St John's Priory, in the Welsh Tourist Association and Welsh Heritage fields. 
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Risca Town Councillors Brian Hancock and Hazel Dupre welcomed us to the Risca Community Centre, and Indian singer Shalini Gnana sang a traditional Indian song about the sadness of soldiers who have to leave home to protect their families.
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Donna Darlington also sang for us and played plenty of 1940s music to dance to. Rowena Taskers' family, in very  impressive 1940s vintage clothing really enjoyed the dancing, especially the children!

·       Alex Burris' army re-enactors from Risca included American and German officers with very impressive uniforms.
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Lots of ‘Friends of Ruperra’ members, young and old (one visiting from Australia!) worked really hard all through the afternoon and made the event a great success. Special thanks to Nigel, the caretaker.

















Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Free Event at Risca Saturday 24th June

Why not come along to this free event at the Youth and Community Centre in Risca Saturday aternoon 2.30 - 5pm 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Two events celebrating the history of Ruperra Castle’



Pictures of a WW2 event April 1st at Rudry Parish Hall.
We concentrated on the 181 Field Ambulance unit of the Royal Army and the Indian Royal Army at Ruperra in 1941. They are mixed up and not in the sdame  order as the script.







There was entertainment from Donna Darlington who sang songs from the 1940s and played for us to dance. 

We were pleased to welcome Mr and Mrs Patel from Caerphilly and Shalini who snag a beautiful Indian song about the brave soldiers who protect those left at home.

We were also pleased to welcome our main speaker, Dan Clayton Jones one time head of the Welsh Tourist Board and the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales and now Prior for Wales of St John Cymru.

The next Event April 29th Saturday 10.30 am. Bluebell walk in Coed Craig Ruperra under the guidance of Ruperra Conservation Trust. Car parking in the lock up car park on the Draethen -Michaelstone Road. 

 If you wish to extend your visit after viewing the bluebells we can proceed to take in the Iron Age hill fort, the lower summerhouse and a view of the Castle from the footpath.  

In this case do not park in RCT lock up car park. Please park at the beginning of the walk in the pull in area on the Castle Drive by the gate into Coed Craig Ruperra.  There is vehicular access along the drive from the Michaelstone end for this special event only.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Poster for April 1st

Poster for April 1st

Poster to follow




Discover the secrets of Ruperra Castle during World War II
Learn about the training of the
181 Regiment of the Royal Army Medical Corps.
Remember the contribution the Indian Army made to the training.
Bring photos, postcards and World War II memorabilia from
the area and share your stories
With musical entertainment from World War II singer
Donna Arlington
Saturday 1 April 2017                          Rudry Parish Hall

2.30 pm – 5 pm with Tea and Cakes
Entry free – donations welcome