The Dyserth and District Field Club was founded by a group of about forty people, including the then vicar on March 23rd 1911. The vicar, Rev. J Evans Jones became the first Chairman and Mrs Rowley-Conway of Bodrhyddan was invited to be President.
The Club attracted a wide range of people, including many eminent academics, from a large area of North Wales and also Cheshire and Lancashire. It continued to thrive throughout the two World Wars and membership reached a peak of 412 in 1975. There are now just over 100 members.
In 2006, the Club became a Registered Charity (number 1117013).
The word 'field' in its name means that the Club goes out and about to explore, investigate and record - mostly in the countryside but sometimes in towns and cities. It is nothing to do with the field sports as such - huntin', shootin' and fishin'!
The original aim of the Club was stated to be 'The Study of Natural Science and Archaeology' but records of the activities show that a much wider range of interests were pursued.
By 1997 it was felt that this aim was out of date and so it was changed to:
'To Encourage the Appreciation and Understanding of All Aspects of the Countryside'
This is intended to cover all topics from A to Z - archaeology, architecture, botany, entomology, geology, history, industrial archaeology, ornithology, through to zoology and, in fact, anything of interest to Members. The word 'countryside' is taken to include those bits which happen to have been built on, including towns and cities.
To further this aim the Club arranges a walk each month throughout the year, with monthly excursions in the summer and a monthly lecture in the winter with various additional events, sometimes jointly with other organisations.
Walksare generally arranged to include a visit to some feature such as a hill-fort, a site of former industry, some interesting geology, some rare wild flowers and so forth, and the leaders do quite a lot of research beforehand so as to inform and entertain the Members.Excursions,usually a full day, are also thoroughly researched and are often to places not readily accessible to the general public.Lecturescover a wide range of topics and are mostly given by outside speakers, though some Members share their expertise and experiences in this way, sometimes during the annual 'evening of short talks by Members'.
Most events are on Saturdays but some midweek and evening events are also arranged. All events are recorded in detail in the annualProceedingsof the Club along with various supplementary articles. The Club also has an extensive library of over about 500 books covering its interests.
In the past, the Club has supported some archaeological work, both financially and practically, notably on Moel Hiraddug in Dyserth and the Roman bath site at Meliden.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in and a concern for our countryside in all its aspects. Becoming a Member of the Dyserth and District Field Club is very simple and confers many benefits including:
Free participation in all the walks - usually one each month
Free attendance at all the winter lectures - usually one a month from October to April
Participation in the summer excursions - usually one a month from May to September - charge only for travel cost.
Free copy of the annualProceedings
Free use of the Club's library of over 500 books on subjects relating to Club's Aim. and Members' interests Invitations to special events, such as social afternoons, special visits to places of interest, etc.
Free copies of the separate summer and winter programme booklets
Good fellowship with people of similar interests
All this for annual subscription rates of only
£14 - Individual Member £24 - Joint Members (2 members at the same address) £2 - Junior Member (under 18)
The Club is run by the President, Officers and Committee all of whom are elected at the Annual General Meeting each January. All Members are encouraged to take a full part in the life of the Club not only by coming to the events but by making suggestions for walks, excursions or lectures and if they wish to lead, or co-lead, an event then full help and guidance will be available.
For further information about all Field Club events please Email the General Secretary via