Alison Neil Evening – Mrs Beeton, My Sister


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One woman play performed by Alison Neil at Tredegar House

16th March 2016 at 7:30 pm

Further details contact Judith Rice on 01633 894108

Friends of Tredegar House Gala Evening Wednesday 24th Sepember 2014 7.30pm

foth gala


Music and Poetry Evening 17th October 2012

The Bravo Four together with Lorna Pearson & Deputy Mayoress Chris Suller


A superb evening of entertainment was held in The New Hall at Tredegar House.

Over 60 members & guests attended and what a great evening it was.

The Friends raised £474 after all expenses.

The Bravo Four Barbershop Quartet opened the evening.  Their harmony and range was amazing.

We were treated to a number of popular songs and ballads, and some very amusing anecdotes.

The quartet was formed up in 1991 & has sung in Ireland, Germany, all over South Wales & England

and have even performed to the Monks at Belmont Abbey.

All their engagements are fund raising &, to date, have raised a staggering £30,000 towards their chosen charities.

At the interval the Friends provided light refreshments.

For second part of the evening we were entertained by Lorna Pearson.

Lorna is a humorous poet & storyteller.

The room was so full of laughter, but also there were poems which evoked wonderful childhood memories in us all.

Lorna inherited her love of rhyme and words from her mother Edith,

who from the time Lorna was very young, recited to her as she went about her chores.

Annie Parker.

Our official response to letter & subsequent article published in The South Wales Argus


A letter was published on the “your say page “of the South Wales Argus on Wed. 5th Dec. 2012   “The House is a Theme Park“. and a subsequent article published on 6th Dec. 2012 under  the title  ‘Stately home Friends’ fears as National Trust leaves them in the dark’ by Melissa Jones.

We totally disassociate Friends of Tredegar House from these views as these were published without our knowledge or consent.

Annie Parker

Membership Secretary of Friends of Tredegar House

Read statement below, from our Deputy Chairman of Friends of Tredegar House Monty Dart, which can also be viewed under “your say page” on the Argus web site under the title of “House is now a Theme Park”.


Friend of Tredegar House
2:39pm Fri 7 Dec 12

 For and on behalf of the Executive Committee of Friends of Tredegar House.

Friends of Tredegar House

With reference to the article ‘Stately home Friends’ fears as National Trust leaves them in the dark’ by Melissa Jones, published in the South Wales Argus, 6th December, pg 3.
We, the Executive Committee of the Friends of Tredegar House would like to advise the South Wales Argus and its readers that the person who wrote a letter (published 5th December) and who was subsequently interviewed and quoted as a ‘spokesperson’ for the Friends of Tredegar House, has no authority to speak on our behalf.
We wish to disassociate the Friends of Tredegar House from the views expressed in the letter and article.
Echoing the comments of the spokesman for the National Trust in Wales, Alun Prichard – the relationship between the Friends of Tredegar House and the National Trust is ‘fantastic’. For this reason we were particularly distressed by the comments made in our name.
Far from ‘dying a very slow death’, the Friends of Tredegar House are pleased to say that membership of our organisation has increased since arrival of the National Trust.
We invite the Editor of the South Wales Argus, Melissa Jones and the readership of the Argus to see for themselves as the Friends of Tredegar House and the National Trust Volunteers celebrate our first Christmas together.

Deputy Chair Monty Dart

Link to the letter



Christmas At Tredegar House 2012

     Christmas at Tredegar House 2012


Link To Christmas at Tredegar House 2013

(click here)




Friends of Tredegar House A.G.M 2015


The AGM is being held in The Morgan Room at Tredegar House

Commencing at 7 pm. on Thursday 30th April.

On Completion of the official business of the AGM, a light buffet will be served.

Wine and soft drinks will also be available

Please advise if attending for catering purposes

by completing the insert which was with your January Newsletter & post to:-
Mrs Judith Rice, 206 Tregwilyn Road Rogerstone Newport NP10 9EQ



Tredegar House Events and Upstairs Downstairs and Other filming

Filming at The Edney Gates

Were you watching Upstairs Downstairs episode 1- Series 2

19th February 2012 ?

The Gilt Room appeared in an entire scene.

The scene comes on about 39.26 into the show

you also get to see the lake

and a tiny corner of the house in other scenes.

See Links at the Bottom of the page


We’ve had some great productions filmed at Tredegar House.  From ‘Dr Who’, to ‘Torchwood’, ‘Being Human’, ‘Sherlock Holmes’,The Hairy Bikers, to most recently ‘Upstairs Downstairs’.

The money is an obvious benefit, but it does attract visitors to Tredegar House too.  We get many Dr Who fans coming to see the fireplace in front of which Queen Victoria (Pauline Collins) knighted Dr Who (David Tennant), when we doubled as Torchwood House.  It is fantastic for us to see rooms in the House transformed too – the Gilt Room looks fantastic in ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ decked out with art deco furniture and a cocktail bar!

The film companies sign guidelines before they come into the House.  These state out what they can and can’t do, and why.  Hopefully the crew can appreciate that we’re not just being awkward, or over protective.  We want to make sure, for example, that beautiful wooden panelling, over 300 years old, lasts another 300 years and doesn’t get scratched or dented by equipment being lent against it.

 The process can be rather chaotic though.  We love having the smaller companies, perhaps 10 people, filming in one area, who are easy to keep an eye on.  With the bigger BBC production there are easily 40 – 50 people in the House, from the actors to the carpenters, set designers to the lighting crew.  They might be filming in one area, and setting up in another.  For this we have trained staff to keep an eye on what is going on – but they need eyes in the back of their heads!  Unsurprisingly people aren’t used to filming in a historic house museum, so we may have to explain for example that they can’t carry drinks through the House.

 Touchwood, we have only had one mishap.  This happened when John Barrowman, as Captain Jack in Torchwood, was thrown into a historically important door in the Cellar.  Indeed the only thing we were protective over!  The BBC insurance covered the repairs.  Looking on the bright side, the door is in much better condition after conservation than it was before the accident!

 Who knows who might ask to film at TH next…. but we hope one day it might be Johnny Depp.  As many of you know, we have a cardboard cut out of him that we use for pirates day, wouldn’t it be nice to have the real thing!

Emily Price, Curator Tredeagar House

see also

Hairy Bikers in The Dining Room


August 17th -19th 2012

Parts of the House used as film location  for Being Human


Whats on at Tredgar House 2012 (click here)

Pirates Day at Tredegar House May 2011

The Annual Pirates Day held at Tredegar House was a great success.

Most children dressed in costume (some of the parents too).  The youngest pirate was only 6 months old!

There was a treaure hunt held for the children with clues in most rooms.

Friends of Tredegar House members, who were stewarding,  joined in dressing in costume and had fun too.  The stewards provide extra necessary assistance to enable these type of events to run smoothly. Goff Morgan is a local historian, poet & guide. He is playing the part of Sir. Henry Morgan.

Local History Day at Newport Reference Library

Local History Day at Newport Reference Library October 1st 2011


The Friends of Tredegar House were invited to have a stall at the city centre Reference Library. On one of the hottest days of the year, Ruth, Annie and Monty arrived  to talk to people about the Friends of Tredegar House.the display boards had an Upstairs Downstairs theme as recently – notably because of the FOTH website,we have had contact from a number of relatives of Servants and Workers who once served at Tredegar House.

 they have sent us photographs and accounts

(which obviously I share with TH)

 Whilst we had the Morgan Family on one set of boards the other was devoted to Servants and Workers.

Keep the information coming in folks.

Annie and Ruth went into John Frost Square in costume, with leaflets and brochures for Christmas at Tredegar House and brought in people who were unaware of the event, the Library Staff were very impressed with that. We had a good day  hard work, we never stopped and we hope that we have signed up some potential new members and raised awareness of Tredegar House in general.

Many thanks to the Reference Library staff to say for the opportunity of being involved in the event and the cups of tea and coffee they provided. Well over 100 people came to the event (not including those using the Reference Library). It has been judged a great success and plans are already in place to make it an annual event. Other organisations taking part were

Newport Local History Society, 14 Locks, Oxford House Museum, Risca,Monmouthshire Railway Societyand a display of Cashmore  from Gwent Family History Society.

 However, we were without doubt the busiest stall.         

By:- Monty Dart




Newport and Caerphilly bridge the gap

Newport and Caerphilly bridge the gap

From News Wales

Section Environment | Published on 12 Oct 2011

Newport and Caerphilly’s mayors yesterday met in the middle of a historic bridge which links their areas.

Iron Bridge, near Draethen, was built over the River Rhymney in 1829 but was closed to the public in 2008 because of its deteriorating condition.

It has now re-opened following a programme of restoration carried out by Newport City Council and Caerphilly County Borough Council with grant funding from Cadw, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Countryside Council for Wales.

Newport’s Mayor Councillor Margaret Cornelious, who walked from the city’s side of the bridge, said: “For almost two centuries, people used this bridge to cross the river until it sadly had to close because of damage to the structure.

“I am extremely pleased that it has been restored to its former glory and I hope it will be enjoyed by walkers for many generations to come.”

Councillor Ron Davies, Caerphilly’s cabinet member for regeneration and planning joined the Mayor, Councillor Vera Jenkins, at the ceremony.

He said, “I am delighted to see this magnificent structure restored to its former glory once more. The bridge’s restoration has generated a lot of local interest and means a great deal to communities on both sides of the river”.

The 16-metre span cast iron bridge was built on the estate of Lord Tredegar who commissioned it to provide access for horse-drawn vehicles and pedestrians from Ruperra Castle to and from the church at Lower Machen and the surrounding area.

It forms part of a circular walk which takes in other places of interest including Ruperra Castle, St Michael and All Angels, Plas Machen and Craig Ruperra summer house.

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