If you are not already aware George DeRoe passed away peacefully in his sleep on 19th April 2011 aged 93. He was found in his self-built home next to Dolgoch Hostel. He loved living there and it would have been his wish to breath his last there, rather than in a hospital or old people’s home.
Most of you will of course know that he was the original and only resident YHA warden, moving in before the hostel first opened some four decades ago. After the YHA replaced him with volunteer wardens, he built his humble abode next to the hostel, where he remained until his death.
His funeral will be held at Aberwystwyth Cremetorium on Wednesday 11th May 2011 at Midday. This is located on the B4572 off the A487.
Many of you may have fond memories of George and may wish to remember him even if you are unable to attend the service. It has been suggested that a permanent and practical memorial should be put in place at Dolgoch, and to that end it is proposed to install a quality wooden bench at the hostel with a suitable plaque to remember him by.
If you wish to make a donation towards this bench in lieu of flowers then please send your contribution to the Elenydd Wilderness Hostels Trust’s treasurer, David Bicker, 7 Hartlebury Road, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 4PL. Cheques should be made payable to Elenydd Wilderness Hostels. Please write on the back of the cheque ‘George’s bench’ or send a short note to that effect.
There will also be a memorial service for George held at Dolgoch on Sunday 19th June at 11.00am.
The above was e-mail from Mark Willcock the Membership Secretary of the Elenydd Wilderness Hostels, I know alot visitors to this site and RSF members over years have stay at Dolgoch Youth Hostel. May wish to share there memories of George and write a few lines about him in the comments below.
You can download the latest newsletter from Elenydd Willderness Hostels at this link, its interesting read and if you have any spare cash that you thinking of giving away to charity, you might think about giving the Elenydd Wilderness Trust a few pounds as they just launch appeal to buy Ty’n Cornel Hostel which going to cost around £150,000 to buy everything is explain in the newsletter.
The attractive Christmas cards of each hostel (prices include P & P: for pack of 10 £7.50 and for pack of 5 £4.50) can be order from EWHT Cards, c/o Frances Passey, 86 Cumberland Road, Reading, Berks. RG1 3JT and please make your cheque or postal order payable to EWHT
The grant application for £82,000 to improve the structure and amenities at Dologoch has been successful!
This is European money which has been allocated to the Ceredigion Rural Development Plan via the Welsh Assembly.
Improvements will take place over the next 3 years and will include structural repairs, some changes to the interior of the building and the addition of disabled accommodation. Everything will be done sympathetically to maintain the unique character of the place. And of course major repairs to the access track are high on the list of priorities.
As far as possible Dolgoch will remain open during this period and any periods of closure will kept to an absolute minimun.
Click the link to elenydd_newsletter6_june_2007-v2.pdf read June Newsletter from Elenydd Wildness Hostels.
YHA has accepted Elenydd Wilderness Hostels offer to buy Dolgoch youth hostel for £125,000 but Elenydd Wildness Hostels need more cash before they can secure the hostel for the future! Click the link dolgoch-deadline030507.doc to read the newsletter from Elenydd Wilderness Hostels and download donation form.
Y.H.A have agreed to sell Dolgoch to Elenydd Wilderness Hostels for £125,000, so Elenydd Wilderness Hostels need more money to help pay for Dolgoch if you can help checkout their website for information
News Update April 2007
AGM and Launch Celebration 21st April 2007
Please come and help us review and celebrate our first year and taking over
the running of Tyn Cornel.
If you want to stay at Tyn Cornel on Fri. 20th and/or Sat. 21st April, please
contact Dave Davies by e-mailing Elenyddrambler@aol.com and reserve a bed
(you can pay at the hostel) or phone Marilyn 02920 732289. You cannot book
these dates through YHA Central Reservations.
If you would like to contribute food/drink for the Launch, please phone
Sponsored Walk 19th May 2007
There is still time to register for the fundraising walks from Dolgoch to Tyn
Cornel (and barbecue afterwards). You can find the form on our website
www.elenydd-hostels.co.uk (look under Recent News < Newsletter 5 <
Sponsored Walk) or phone Bill 0117 971 9091.
If you want to stay at Dolgoch or Tyn Cornel on Fri. 18th or Sat. 19th May
please contact JJ@elenydd-hostels.co.uk or phone Bill. Contrary to what it
says on the form, you cannot book these dates through YHA Central
BBC Radio Wales will broadcast a half hour programme about the Elenydd
Hostels and the Trust in its Country Focus series on Easter Sunday 8th April
at 7:30 a.m., repeated Tues. 10th April at 6:30 p.m.
The next working weekend at Tyn Cornel will be on 28th/29th April. Please
contact email@example.com or phone Richard 01684 563097.
Jobs will include felting the porch roof and sorting out the new manhole in the
The Trust really needs any expertise its supporters have particularly at the
moment legal help in sorting out the purchase of Dolgoch. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Marilyn 02920 732289 or Bill 0117 971
The AGM will be an opportunity for more trustees to come forward to help
steer the Trust through its next few crucial years. Contact us (as above) if
Replacements are needed at Tyn Cornel for volunteers who have had to drop
out: 4th 11th August and 27th October 3rd November. The rest of November
(except 10th 17th) is also available. Phone 01283 537440.
If you have stayed at Tyn Cornel since the Trust started running it on January
5th we would welcome your comments on any aspect of how it is being run.
7 Azalea Close,
24b Brecknock Road
0117 971 9091
We are hoping to hold a sponsored walk, to take place Saturday 19th May 2007, with a BBQ to follow on the Saturday afternoon and evening. The hopes are that such an event will give members of the Trust, both young and old, a chance to meet each other and the committee members and strengthen ties at this early stage in the Trusts life. Sponsorship money will go towards the operating costs of Tyncornel and to help fund any future purchase of Dolgoch.
The plan is to hold two simultaneous walks: one short walk at approximately 5-6 miles and one longer walk at approximately 14-15 miles. Both walks will begin on Saturday morning at Dolgoch Youth Hostel. Each of the walks will finish at Tyncornel, where a BBQ will be ongoing from mid-afternoon. On the Friday and Saturday nights we hope to put up as many people as possible at the two hostels, with the possibility of camping at Tyncornel. If the numbers exceed the capacity of the two hostels, then we shall pass on details of B&B’s in the area (Places at the hostels will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis). Our main concern is that people of all ages take part, particularly young people, whose interest the Trust has served in saving Tyncornel for the future. If you have children or grandchildren who could manage the distance of 5-6 miles from Dolgoch-Tyncornel then please bring them along: the streams and mountains of the Elenydd can be an exciting place for children!
If you are interested in taking part, please complete the application form ( you e-mail me or Jeffrey Matthews for an application form Simeon) electronically and send it to Jeffrey Matthews:
Email: email@example.com *
Once we have an idea of the numbers involved we shall email with an itinerary, sponsor form and details of the prices for overnights and the BBQ (we will try to keep this to a minimum).
Firstly may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year and thank you for your in 2006. This coming year promises to be an exciting time and I would like to advise you of some forthcoming dates for your diaries:
Saturday 27th January: Open meeting at Dolgoch 11am contact firstname.lastname@example.org for agenda
Saturday 10th March: Open meeting at Ty’n Cornel 11am
Saturday 21st April: AGM at Llanddewi-Brefi 11am Launch ceremony at Ty’n Cornel at 2pm
Saturday 19th May: Sponsored walk in the Elenydd, contact email@example.com for an application form
Have a look at our recently improved website when you have a few minutes to spares www.elenydd-hostels.co.uk
We’ll be sending out another newsletter soon.
Elenydd Wilderness Hostels