The Pioneering Vets of Caerwys -
by Vicky Jones
The 40 page booklet with colour insert entitled 'The
Pioneering Vets of Caerwys' is available from Will's Stores, Caerwys - or any Committee Member. It will
be priced at £3 per copy ( Plus postage cost, if required - 75p ).
Cover picture taken from Y Meddyg Anifeiliaid (The
Click to enlarge
The Pioneering Vets of Caerwys
My father, Vic Thomas, was the vet in Caerwys from 1946 to
1983. He was very proud of the fact that the Caerwys practice had a long history and he believed it to be one of the oldest
in the country.
Over the years I have tried
to research the history of the practice and found that there have been vets in Caerwys for as long as there has been a recognised
veterinary profession and that they have been not merely practitioners but professional pioneers.
Vicky Jones, 2014
History of the Society
During 2008/09 a group of residents came together to participate in the production
of ‘Discover Caerwys’, one of a set of publications about Flintshire past and present, produced by Cadwyn Clwyd
and Flintshire County Council. This group also attracted funding from Cadwyn Clwyd and Caerwys Town Council in 2010 to produce
a book, ‘Caerwys – A History Since Victorian Times’ written by Dr Tim Erasmus. A copy of this book was distributed
free to each household in the Community area of Caerwys. The book was also donated to Libraries, Schools and Universities
Further copies of the book, ‘Caerwys
– A History Since Victorian Times’ (pictured below) are available from the Society. It will be priced
at £10.00 a copy ( Plus postage cost, if required - £2.00 ).
In October 2010 the Caerwys Historical Society was formed. Permission was granted
by the Caerwys Town Council to use the town crest which appears on our documents. Our Constitution, accepted by members in
2011, states the aim of the Society is to advance public knowledge in all aspects of the history of Caerwys and the surrounding
district. In furtherance of this object the Society shall have the power to do all or any of the following:
The Society has a healthy membership which is open to all at an annual
fee of £10 and is free to under-18s in full time education. It is not necessary to be a member to attend our lectures
and all are welcome.
Lectures and Events
In December 2010 the Society
held its first lecture. This has been followed with regular lectures covering local history and more diverse topics together
with visits to places of local interest. Lectures are open to both members and non-members. The programme for the first half
of 2013 is listed below and further details can be seen by clicking on the relevant date on the calendar at the foot of this
2014 / 2015
Thursday 13th November at 7.30pm - ' Words of
War ' A commemoration of World War 1 in words, music and pictures ( in collaboration
with ABC Drama Club & Cor Meibion Caerwys ) at Caerwys
Thursday 8th January at 7.30pm - The Making of Modern
Caerwys: The Chapels and the Church - Tim Erasmus at the Town Hall
Thursday 26th February at 7.30pm - Waterways in England and Wales Past and Present -
Alan Platt at the Memorial Institute
Thursday 16th April at 7.30pm - European Travellers to Wales 1750-2010 - Professor Carol
Tully and Christina Les at the Town Hall
21st May at 7.30pm - Lead and Associated Mining in Flintshire - Ian Cugley at the Memorial Institute
June - Excursion to be arranged
Thursday 2nd July at 7.30pm - The Gee Gwyddoniadur. The 19th Century
Welsh Encyclopaedia Published in Denbigh - Professor Robert Evans at the Town Hall
Thursday 18th September at 7.30pm - Research Student Lecture ( Speaker
to be confirmed ) at the Memorial Institute
In addition to the above, members of the Committee are currently working on an archive of historical documents and
photographs and are recording ‘living memories’ of Caerwys residents.
Audio Visual Equipment for Community Use
The Society recently acquired
a projector, screen, laptop, scanner and hand-held recorder all of which are available free-of-charge for use by the community
of Caerwys. Availability can be seen on the calendar at the foot of this page. Contact either the Society Secretary or Treasurer
to reserve equipment. Some technical support is available if required.
Funding for this equipment came from Cadwyn Clwyd, The Historical Society and Age UK Caerwys.
Contacting the Society
The Committee consists of eight members as set out below.
All enquiries should be addressed to the;
Treasurer & Membership Secretary
A series of five heritage postcards has been published by the Society and are available
from local vendors - as photographs below ( click to enlarge )
Caerwys High Street
Caerwys Town Square - Peace Tree
Caerwys - South Street
Caerwys Hill - to Afonwen
The Fountain in Afonwen