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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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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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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