In June 2005, the Raglan History Society celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special dinner held at the Beaufort Arms Hotel. Lord Raglan was the guest of honour and Mrs Anna Tribe, President of Raglan History Society blew out the candles on the cake. They were joined by over 80 current and past Raglan History Society members in a gala evening. An exhibition of pictures, photographs, stories and artifacts that record what life was like in Raglan in the mid 1950's was held. A new project to record and archive the Villages' historical past was also launched. A pre-dinner reception was held at Lord Raglan’s home Cefn Tilla
The society was formed as the Raglan and District Local History Group by Raglan born - Horatia Durant, a direct descendent of Lord Nelson, and a group of nine people interested in local history.
The inaugural committee representing the local parishes of Bryngwyn, Dingestow, Llanarth, Llandenny, Penrhos, Raglan and Tregare was held in June 1955. The first subscription being five shillings (25p) for adults and two shillings (10p) for children
The society has always had a winter programme of talks and lectures and summer visits. The first entitled, The Traveller of Taste in 18th Century Monmouthshire, was delivered at the Raglan Jeffrey's Hall in September 1955.
Another feature of the Raglan and District Local History Group is the annual History competition for Raglan Primary School.
Raglan History Society, www.thisismonmouthshire.co.uk MP15, 18 May, 2005
Raglan & District Local History Group Minutes, 1955-1998
Date: June 2005