1984 miners’ strike in Blaengarw

BBC production,”Coal Stories”. Chris Corcoran presents a four-part children’s series telling the story of coal and its impact on Welsh life An account of the events of the 1984-1985 coal strike and its impact on Blaengarw as a community. Examines the use of food parcels to provide food to struggling miners and their families, and splits…

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Beryl’s Brush

As a reminder that Spring-cleaning may soon be necessary, one of the Garw’s older residents, Beryl Roberts has sent us this poem that she wrote one Spring. No batteries in its spotted handle No computer in its red and blue head No mouth to feed, just a weekly wash, And that is all it needs.

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The Garw and Saltley Gate*

In January 1972, the N.U.M. Declared a national strike, over pay and pit closures. This strike led the way to an entirely new way of picketing. Up until then picketing of other workplaces to get support for a strike had been localised, standing outside the main gates of the nearest Power Station or Colliery asking…

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Pontycymer Swimming Baths. 

By Mr Will Trigg. “It was built in 1908, just behind the Council yard in Pantygog. The dimensions were three feet deep at the shallow end and six feet deep at the other, about 50 feet long, and 18 feet wide. A walking space of 4 feet wide on either side and at the deep-end…

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Pontycymer Child’s Fall

On Thursday of last week little Willie Clifford Hawkins, aged five,son of Mr. and Mrs. D.J. Hawkins, Oxford St, Pontycymmer, met with serious accident. Whilst playing on the side of the hill which lies between Thornton Crescent and the Public Baths, Pantygog, the little fellow rolled down the banking and into the river, the fall…

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