Betws Exhibition

Don’t forget that on Thursday, Friday and  Saturday this week May 25-27, the Garw Valley Heritage Society will be holding an exhibition at Betws Community Club (next to the garage). Stories of famous Betws and Garw people, photographs and artefacts, maps and pictures, all with relevance to the last 150 years of the area. Entrance is…

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Ffaldau Primary Produces World War 2 Film

Well done to Ffaldau Primary School Eagles Class for producing a wonderful video on World War 2 in the Garw Valley. This film was made by Year 5 and Year 6 pupils in Eagles class at Ffaldau Primary School. It was part of their ‘Blitz’ project and they made the film to show off their ICT skills. The…

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Poisoned by Wild Carrots

Poisoned by Wild Carrots Seven Garw Children Affected All the children were poisoned by eating ‘Wild Carrots’ (Daucus Carota,Queen Ann’s Lace.) which they found on the mountainside whilst playing. Four of the children, two boys and two girls belonging to Mr.William Griffiths. The elder boy partook lavishly of the roots, eating between eight or nine…

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The Story of Brynmor

Submitted by Roy Davies Brynmor wiped a thin smear of dust from his mother’s photograph with his woollen cardigan sleeve.   He pushed his glasses on top of his head and held the walnut frame further away as he refocussed on the familiar figure of his young manhood. Being the woman she was, his mother had fixed…

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Memories of a Pontycymer Policeman

Bernard Evans was brought up in Gilfach Goch. After completing his National Service he joined the South Wales Police. His first six months in the force was spent training in Bridgend before he was sent in 1961 to Pontycymer Police Station in Victoria Street as a probationer. There was a sergeant and four constables based…

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