local history is shown in the "Ancient Ruined Houses" article, where the author became fascinated with the history of her own house, and from there was inspired to look at the context in which the house had reached its present state. The History of Kilgwrrwg Church ensures that there is a subject to cater for every interest (nearly!), and I would like to thank all the Authors for their hard work in providing such interest- ing material for us all to read. Prince of Wales Awards. The Editor would like to apologise for not having drawn attention to the fact that one of the longstanding member societies won a Prince of Wales Award during 1981. The Oxford House (Risca) Industrial Archaeological Society was formally recognised for its sterling work carried out over the last ten years, and the Gwent Local History Council would like to offer their own congratulations on the Award. The Society's members have worked very hard and deserved to win. I understand the Award will be presented later this year. It is with great regret that the Gwent Local History Council learned of the death of Mrs. Horatia Durant on the 19th March 1982. Mrs. Durant had carried out much historical research in the County, and was President of the Gwent Local Historv Council from 1969-73. Fred Hando Seat. On 29th July an informal ceremony took place to dedicate the last in the series of "Fred Hando" seats. This seat is now in position near Keeper's Pond on the Blorenge, Blaenavon. It was built by the Manpower Services Commission under the direction of Gwent County Council, and thanks go to both these organisations. The other "Fred Hando" seats are to be found in Dixton Churchyard, Mon- mouth; at Llandegfedd Reservoir; on Lawrence Hill, Newport; and at the top of the Wyndcliff, near Chepstow. They were all bought and positioned using the funds raised by public subscription in memory of Fred Hando, the well-known Monmouthshire historian. South Wales Argus Competition. Due to the fact that no entries were received the competition has been abandoned for this year. A letter was received by the Council from Mrs. Marie Davies, founder member and Life President of the Tredegar Local History Society. She says that she enjoyed reading Vol. 52 "especially the article on Sirhowy Iron Works and more especially the article on Senator James J. Davies. I knew Senator Davies. Every time he came to Tredegar he visited my home In 1939 I visited America and Senator Davis sent for "Miss Marie Thomas, Tredegar" (me!) to meet him in his office in the House of Congress. He was then Minister of Labour. There was quite a crowd waiting to see him, but I was taken in front of them all into the "sanctuary" V.J.P. treatment because I came from Tredegar!" So we learn that even when they become famous in far-off lands, Men of Gwent still remember their homeland! Jane Pearson