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Cymdeithas Lloyd George, the Lloyd George Society is a loose combination of like minds that meets in Wales for a weekend school on topical subjects, historical issues (particularly those relating to David Lloyd George) or interesting questions affecting Welsh life and culture, all from a liberal perspective. The Society usually meets once a year in February, avoiding the dates of rugby football internationals.

Meeting

The schools have been taking place for over 50 years. Originally designed for Welsh Liberal parliamentary candidates to debate policy and topical questions, to help them prepare for the election trail, the schools have developed away from this specific purpose and now provide an informal forum for participants to hear interesting talks, take part in discussions and meet friends, old and new.

The schools have always tried to attract speakers expert in their field to provide plenty of food for thought and a leavening of controversy but the schools are best enjoyed for their good fellowship with many members who have attended regularly for decades.

Despite the origins of the Society, we are not formally affiliated to the Liberal Democrats. We welcome supporters and speakers at the weekend school who belong to other political parties or anyone who has an interest in Wales, history or current affairs. Obviously however, our liberal history strongly informs the range of topics on the school's agenda.

Recent updates

  • Flowers
    Article: Oct 17, 2020

    Members and supporters of the Society will be saddened to hear of the death of our member Peter Borrow from Cardiff. Peter often attended weekend schools in the company of his friend Bob Tilley. Unfortunately Peter had been ill for nearly two years and was unable to attend the last school in February 2020. His wife Hilary has written to let the Society know that Peter died on Saturday 3 October. He was at home with Hilary and not in pain. He died suddenly without being aware what was happening. Hilary has asked those who knew Peter not to be sad. He felt he had had a good inningsand wanted to be at home and in no pain, so got his wish. However it is sad to think that we won't be seeing Peter at future Society events or hearing his searching questions to visiting speakers.

  • 1986 school poster
    Article: Sep 2, 2020

    Lloyd George Society member Gwynoro Jones, a founder member of the Social Democratic Party, and Alliance by-election candidate has sent the Society a memento of the weekend school held in May 1986 at the Abernant Lake Hotel in Llanwyrtd Wells - for many years the Society's mid-Wales venue for our annual meetings. This elegant poster of a caricature of Lloyd George by Spy from Vanity Fair magazine was used to advertise the weekend school.

  • speaking
    Article: Aug 24, 2020

    Theo Davies Lewis, the Welsh Communications Executive and political commentator, has produced an excellent podcast essay about David Lloyd George, possibly, the greatest Welsh political icon in history. You can listen to the article online at https://audioboom.com/posts/7660221-welsh-political-icons-david-lloyd-george

  • Document: May 12, 2020
    6.39 MiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    Here are the slides to accompany the text of Christopher Clement-Davies' presentation about his grandfather.

  • Document: May 12, 2020
    379.58 KiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    At last February's weekend school, Christopher Clement-Davies, the grandson of former Liberal Party leader Clement Davies, gave us a wonderful presentation about his grandfather. The talk was an in-depth evaluation of Davies' family life and of his career in the law, business and politics. It was also for Christopher a public opportunity to honour his grandfather's memory.

    Christopher has now kindly shared the text and slides of his presentation. Members and supporters of the Society can now revisit or enjoy for the first time Christopher's appreciation of this important figure in Welsh and British politics, someone who played a pivotal role in the downfall of Neville Chamberlain in 1940 and his replacement by Winston Churchill. Davies also put the survival of the Liberal Party before personal ambition by turning down Churchill's offer to him in 1951 of a seat in the Cabinet as Minister of Education as part of a coalition arrangement.

    We thank Christopher Clement-Davies for coming to the school and for the chance to share more widely his talk on his grandfather.

  • Young Ll.G
    Article: Apr 3, 2020
    To mark the 130th anniversary of the election to Parliament of David Lloyd George at the Caernarvon Boroughs by-election of 1890, the Lloyd George Society, together with the National Library of Wales, is planning an event at the National Library in Aberystwyth on the afternoon of Saturday 14 November 2020.
  • Commodore Hotel
    Article: Feb 6, 2020

    The final preparations are now in place for the Lloyd George Society's annual weekend school, which will take place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February (the weekend without rugby union internationals) at our usual recent venue, the Hotel Commodore, Spa Road, Llandrindod Wells.

    This year we are delighted to welcome back Britain's foremost scholar of Lloyd George, Professor Lord K O Morgan to talk about Lloyd George and Germany. In addition we again welcome Lady Elizabeth Gibson Morgan, senior research fellow at King's College, to tell us how Brexit has altered the British constitution.

  • Article: Dec 24, 2019

    The President, Vice-Presidents and officers of the Lloyd George Society would like to wish all our members, supporters and visitors to our website a very merry Christmas and happy, healthy and successful New Year.

    We look forward to meeting old friends at the 2020 weekend school at Llandrindod Wells in February and hope to welcome some new ones too. Details of how to book are on the website.

  • Document: Nov 22, 2019
  • Document: Nov 22, 2019