BACKGROUND

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

 

In 1965, Kate Roberts bought her childhood home Cae'r Gors from Brian Jones. She was unable to buy the surrounding land. Soon after buying the house, she transferred the responsibility of looking after it to a board of trustees, all of whom were at the time prominent members of Plaid Cymru.

Islwyn Ffowc Ellis  
J R Jones  
R E Jones  
Cassie Davies  
John Richard Cadwaladr  
Ifor Wyn Williams  
John Gwilym Jones  
Elwyn Roberts  

 

In 1965, the Dr. Kate Roberts Tribute Fund was created. By 1967, more than £1,300 had been collected, enough to buy Cae'r Gors outright, but unfortunately not enough to restore it. Soon afterwards, the roof was removed and the old plaster stripped from the walls, leaving Cae'r Gors bare and looking rather pitiful, with only an old kissing gate to guard it. In 1969, Cae'r Gors was donated to the nation, but it remained a ruin for many years.

In December 1995, ten years after Kate Roberts’ death, a public meeting was held at Caernarfon Library, organised by those who were deeply concerned by the condition of Cae'r Gors and who wished to see it being put to better use than as a shelter for the local sheep! As a result of this meeting, the Friends of Cae'r Gors was founded, with the intention of raising enough money to restore Cae'r Gors and stablishing a lasting legacy worthy of Kate Roberts.

Among the founding members were Guto Roberts and his wife Marian, the late man of letters Eirug Wyn, and the Rhostryfan television producer Norman Williams. In the audience supporting the venture was Dewi Tomos, who is now the Chairman of the Friends of Cae'r Gors.

In 1997, Cae'r Gors was given to the Friends by two of the original Trustees – Islwyn Ffowc Ellis and Ifor Wyn Williams – and in turn new Trustees were elected to continue the good work.

In 2001,  the Friends applied for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop Cae'r Gors into an exciting, multi-purpose Centre.

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