Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Ruperra Events Cancellation

Who could have foreseen this! We'd all been working hard at providing interesting events and they're all on hold now until further notice.  This takes us up to the Conference on August 22, when we dare not presume that the Coronavirus will have left us. 
The following Saturday, a History Society group from Bridgend were going to come to Ruperra for the first time for their annual trip. 
Can we hope that the virus will have left us by our Open Doors Day in September? Probably not soon enough to organise the event.
Regarding the Castle, let's hope it is standing up reasonably well to the weather as it has done since 1941, even though there is the added onslaught of Climate Change.
Next year on December 9th 2021 it will be the 80th 
anniversary of the fire that gutted the inside. Here's a picture of the Banqueting Hall after the fire. 

The following picture shows the harm that could be done from the current planning application before Caerphilly Council.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Sorry Folks- walk on Sunday 23rd February is cancelled

We waited for a more supportive weather forecast , but it didn't come. On Sunday morning the ground conditions will be bad as well as more rain and wind coming.
Keep looking at the programme for later events.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Events for 2o2o Weather permitting !!

Programme of events for this year 2020       
Phone 07713 634854 to check cancellations

February 23rd Sunday. A Landscape walk. Parking in the Hollybush Inn at 11.00 am and walking up to the hill fort on Coed Craig Ruperra for a view of the Castle and countryside and back. 2 Hour walk. Rough and sometimes wet ground but interesting.
February 28th Friday. 4:00 – 8:00 pm  The Co-op stores in Machen where the importance of Ruperra Castle will be explained to customers with our role in the Co-op local Causes Savings scheme. We now have £47.
March 21st Saturday.10:30 am. A walk to Lower Machen Church via Ironbridge led by Andrew and Cheryl Barker, Guides from Tredegar Park. Parking place to be arranged.   More details on this page later.
April 19th Saturday.  Photo Walk “Choosing the right site” led by Mike Smith and photographer/instructor Neil Llewellyn. Numbers limited, £30 pp: all proceeds to RCPT. More details from
May  Date TBA Concert in Michaelston-y-Fedw Church - Jane Price arranging. Details later.
July 12 Sunday. 2:00-5:00 pm. Open Garden at Clytha Park for National Gardens Day. This is the home of our Patron Jack Hanbury and we will have our annual stall there promoting Ruperra.
August 22nd Saturday. Ruperra Castle Conference, funded by the National Lottery at Rudry Community Hall and arranged by RCPT and volunteers. Talks on History, the countryside, display by the Marcher Stuarts and a a buffet. Free entry
September 20th Sunday.  Open Doors Day at Ruperra Home Farm.
November AGM and Lunch. TBA

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

How to help Ruperra castle

Here's the castle in 2020
January 2020. There is a new planning application for Ruperra which is scary

  Why doesn't some one repair the Castle ? It is still standing since the big fire of 1941. Repairing it must be a priority, before another tower falls down.

Why do they want to move the horse shoe bats? They have a lovely home where they breed lots of little bats and feed them on insects, so important in keeping the planet alive.

The bats need the trees to guide them to their feeding grounds in the woodland. No more trees must be cut down.  SAVE OUR COUNTRYSIDE!

If they make the stables into flats, lots of people in big cars with flashing lights and loud noises  will frighten the little animals.The air will be polluted and you will not be able to see the stars in the skies. Our countryside will disappear for ever.

We need the green grass and tall trees of the castle grounds to take our children for walks and to play in the fresh air away from the traffic jams of the towns.  People must walk again at Ruperra.

Tell Caerphilly Planning department your views about the application.You can write to

Saturday, 28 December 2019

The turn of the Year .

2020 only six years to go to the 400th anniversary of when Ruperra Castle was built  -1626! 

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Find out about the Co-op Community Fund!

Ruperra Castle Preservation Trust has been chosen as a local good cause by the new Co-op store at Machen. For more details  about how to help go to

The following is an example of the leaflet left at the Machen store.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

A Great Lunch atthe Waterloo Hotel in Newoport.

On Sunday 17th November, Ruperra Castle Preservation Trust will hold its 11th A G M and Lunch at the Waterloo Hotel in Newport. As soon as you decide to come along, send in for the Menu and other details, explained on the poster.