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Charles Arch, voice of the Royal Welsh, publishes autobiography

A new memoir published this week by Y Lolfa paints a vivid picture of rural Wales. In Life Beneath the Arch, author Charles Arch, who has been ringside commentator at the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd since 1980, recounts with great warmth his childhood in Ceredigion.


Charles Arch has given valuable service to agriculture and country life for many years, and has contributed hugely to the Royal Welsh show.


Lyn Ebenezer who worked with Charles on the book said:


“From the mid-fifties and for more than a decade, Charles Arch was the social life dynamo of our district. He was the glue that held the Young Farmers Club and the Aelwyd together. A whole generation of us gained through his leadership, his vision and his perseverance. An amazing man who is still giving to society”.


As well as his work at The Royal Welsh Show, Charles Arch reminisces about the many interesting characters that lived in the mid-Wales area as he was growing up, and his memories of growing up on a mountain farm “at the end of a very special era in agriculture” when farms in area were just starting to modernise with the advent of the tractor.


The farm, Mynachlog Farm (or Old Abbey Farm) itself was in the stunning location of being adjacent to Strata Florida Abbey in mid-Ceredigion. Strata Florida was a Cistercian Monastery which was of immense importance to Wales during the Middle Ages.


Mynachlog Fawr, is being developed as part of The Strata Florida Centre, which will provide accommodation for visitors, create exhibition and hospitality space and serve as a venue for activities related to Strata Florida’s long history. Strata Florida Abbey is run by CADW.