The Food, Drink & Interesting Things Club (FDITC) is delighted to announce an unmissable event to put in your diaries right away. On September 5, two well-known local figures, Sir William Gladstone Bt and the Very Reverend Peter Francis, are coming to The Glynne Arms to give an illuminating talk on the history of Hawarden village and Gladstone’s Library, of which Rev Francis is warden. Well-known for his storytelling skills, Sir William will impart a few tales about the village, including Hawarden Castle and the Gladstone and Glynne families (after whom The Glynne Arms is named).
Hawarden Castle was originally the ancestral home of the Glynne family, and it was the 9th baronet, Sir Stephen Glynne, whose sister Catherine married Prime Minister W E Gladstone. They lived at the castle and, when Stephen died in 1874, the Hawarden Estate passed to William and Catherine’s eldest son, William Henry, also a Liberal MP – all direct antecedents of the current Sir William. He and Reverend Francis will bring to life the places and characters who have had an impact on our favourite village, as well as tracing its history from mining village to the thriving modern community (and favourite of tourists) we know today.
You might also be interested to learn that Gladstone’s Library is holding its first literary festival, GladFest, from September 6-8 – visit www.gladstoneslibrary.org for more information.
The history and storytelling evening on September 5 at The Glynne Arms starts at 7.30pm and includes food from the farm’s autumn harvest, along with Welsh beer and wine. Tickets are £15 a head, available at Hawarden Estate Farm Shop and The Glynne Arms: book early to ensure your place!