LOCAL HISTORY -- The Bill Macadam Local History Group meets next on Friday, January 24, at 7.30pm, at Hilston Park. Keith Kissack will talk on Monmouth during World War I. Mr Kissack is a well known Monmouth historian and this next meeting should be very interesting. All are welcome to these meetings. Entrance fee to each meeting is £1.50 At the Pre-Christmas meeting, local man Alan Probert gave the group a fascinating insight into the Iron Age Hill Forts of the Black Mountains. There are 200 Hill Forts in Britain, spread from Dorset to the Lleyn Peninsula but only four in our area. Alan was talking about the Brecon ones and in particular the Twyn y Gaer hill fort near Cwmyoy, which he had investigated. It was a most interesting talk from someone obviously very knowledgeable on his subject. Alan had brought along a few artefacts from the site, including a fragment of pottery with a simple but beautiful pattern amazing considering that it must have been 2,500 years old. The chairman thanked Alan Probert very much for giving the group such an interesting evening. Everyone then tucked into the refreshments and home made wine contributed by all members, as is the custom at the last meeting before Christmas.