Flat Holm

HOLM RUN FOR CARDIFF

On 18 July 2009, twenty–six Brothers and their ladies from Cardiff Circle paid a visit to the island of Flat Holm 4 miles off the coast of Cardiff in the Bristol Channel. The day commenced with a boat trip from Cardiff Bay through the sea locks in the barrage and across the Channel to the island. Flat Holm, which is managed by Cardiff County Council, is a nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The group were taken on a conducted tour around the island by the Warden who pointed out the flora and fauna and explained the history of the Victorian and 2nd World War fortifications, the former cholera hospital, the lighthouse and fog-horn station. The island is famous for being the site from which the first ever telegraphic message over water was sent by Guglielmo Marconi in 1897. The message “We are ready” was received at Lavernock Point on the Welsh coast. The day was rounded off by the boat trip back to Cardiff and an excellent meal in one of the many restaurants in the Cardiff Bay development.

Members and wives on the island

Flat Holm