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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

  • Panel session
    Article: Feb 20, 2017

    The Lloyd George Society enjoyed another successful weekend school at our regular venue the Hotel Commodore in Llandrindod Wells.

    On Saturday morning we heard the entrepreneur and former Regional Director of the CBI, Beverley Neilsen, who is now the Liberal Democrat candidate for the West Midlands mayoralty on the impact of Brexit on British business and how damaging leaving the single market is likely to be. We then heard author and academic Dr Elin Jones on the valuable work fo the Welsh Womens Archive in saving the history of the forgotten women who have influenced Welsh history. Our afternoon session began with a presentation by author and preacher the Reverend Ben Rees about the life of Cledwyn Hughes, Lord Penrhos, whose biography Dr Rees will be publishing soon. This was followed by a stimulating talk on Lloyd George and Ireland by Dr Mike Morrogh, former head of history at Shrewsbury School. After tea we heard Baroness Liz Barker on the voluntary sector and the day's talks ended with a presentation by Dr Anna Beer, Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford on the political writings of the poet John Milton.

  • LG Museum
    Article: Feb 7, 2017

    There are continuing fears that the Lloyd George Museum in Llanystumdwy may not be able to stay open once the extra money given by the Westminster government last year runs out.

    Welsh Liberal Democrat leader and Ceredigion MP Mark Williams said: "The Lloyd George Museum is a great tourist attraction and has helped educate people from all over the UK on the enormous contribution Lloyd George made to Welsh and British politics. However, despite the lifeline given to the Lloyd George Museum last year, its future once again hangs in the balance.

  • Bill and Pat
    Article: Jan 20, 2017

    Members will be sad to hear that Bill Barritt, who was Lloyd George Society chairman for many years, and who used to run the Society more or less single handed, died on 1 December at the age of 84. The funeral took place at the Roman Catholic Church of St John the Evangelist in Bridgnorth and Bill was buried next to his wife Pat, who we also remember as a much loved and cheerful fixture at Society weekend schools, in the Bridgnorth cemetery. Bill and Pat were married on 11 August 1955 and they had four children and twelve grandchildren.

  • Lloyd George
    Article: Dec 11, 2016

    Members may be interested to know that there have been three programmes on the BBC recently on aspects of LG's career. Two are available on the BBC I Player. They are:

    Archive on 4 - Lloyd George's Revolution with Peter Hennessy.
    Lloyd George's War with Dan Snow.
  • Dan Snow
    Article: Dec 9, 2016
    On the 6 December, historian Dan Snow gave an enthralling talk on the life and career of his great-great-grandfather David Lloyd George at the National Assembly for Wales.
    The talk celebrated the life and legacy of David Lloyd George and explored his journey to becoming the first Welsh prime minister in British history. Dan offered a unique perspective into Lloyd George's life from both a historical and personal family perspective. He also provided a great insight into Lloyd George's political career from Leader of the Liberal Party, Chancellor of the Exchequer to Prime Minister. Following from this, over the next six years he lead a coalition government that among other things won the First World War, settled the interwar political period with the Treaty of Versailles and undertook the separation of Ireland from the rest of the UK. He directly addressed the role and importance of this Welsh man who shaped the history not
  • Document: Nov 17, 2016
  • Document: Nov 17, 2016
  • Document: Nov 17, 2016
  • Commodore Hotel
    Article: Nov 17, 2016

    The Society's next weekend school will take place at the Hotel Commodore in Landrindod Wells on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 February 2017.

    We have a full and exciting programme of talks across a wide range of topics, including the impact of Brexit on British business and what President Trump may mean for us all. Perhaps our main attraction is Dr. Anna Beer, A Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford and biographer of John Milton. We have our usual mixture of history, politics and debate. Our distinguished after-dinner speaker will be Baroness Lorely Burt who will stay with us on Sunday morning for our panel session led by Mark Williams MP.

  • Blossom
    Article: Oct 20, 2016

    It is with sadness that we have to let members know of the unexpected death on 7 October 2016 of Norman Mountain of Newport, who was one of the Lloyd George Society's staunchest members and an assidous attender at our weekend schools for many years.

    Norman said that he greatly enjoyed the occasion and good company at the weekend schools but his favourite part was always the panel session with MPs and peers answering questions from the floor because you had the politicians there and you could quiz them directly.