From illustrated talks to visits and holidays, the Menai Association gives our members and volunteers at Plas Newydd something extra to enjoy.
The Menai Association was founded in 1976. Our aim is to help maintain the charitable work of the National Trust and to make membership more enjoyable and effective. Through this, we support the National Trust on Anglesey and surrounding areas, especially Plas Newydd where many of our members are also volunteers.
Since our establishment in 1976, we have held our meetings at Plas Newydd during the autumn, winter and early spring months, providing members with a range of talks on subjects including heritage and local interest, with the December meeting being set aside for a festive evening at which members can enjoy a meal and good company.
As Plas Newydd is currently undergoing a major re-servicing project from 2019 to 2021/2, it has become difficult to use the facilities at Plas Newydd and our meetings have been suspended for the period that the works are being undertaken. However, our other activities which include meals, outings and an annual holiday (which is usually in May over a five to six-day period and to a UK destination) are still very much an active part of the Association calendar.
Any surplus funds made by the Association goes back to Plas Newydd, through annually agreed projects submitted by the management team of Plas Newydd and approved by our AGM. These have historically included such things as:
- Restoration projects - such as the curtains in Lady Anglesey’s bedroom
- Acquisitions - Rex Whistler memorabilia
- New works - a courtyard garden
- Amenity improvements - gates on the coastal path, garden furniture, children’s room and new benches in the gardens at Plas Newydd.
- Visitor experience – New tablets to enable a 360-degree tour of the first floor of Plas Newydd for those unable to climb the stairs.
As a result of the ongoing work at the house and the currently reduced offer to members of the Association, it was decided that until the re-servicing works are completed, we will not charge members an annual fee. This will be re-instated once we can resume our full programme, including member talks.
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