Charitable Status

The Garw Valley Heritage Society is pleased to announce that it has been given charitable status as a Charity Incorporated Organisation by the Charities Commission. Grateful thanks are due to BAVO, the Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations, for its unstinting help and support in achieving this goal. BAVO’s Deb Evans was a constant source of advice and aid with the large amount of paperwork involved.

On February 6th the old society was dissolved and the new one came into being under its number 1187117. The officers had to resign and be re-elected, and a board of trustees appointed- see below. The Society’s name remains the same, as do all bank and contact details, but its new status means that in matters of donations and grant applications there are tax advantages such as Gift Aid, and in matters of recognition and involvement with external bodies such as other Heritage and Historical societies the GVHS becomes a more important asset to the Garw Valley.

Trustees of the Garw Valley Heritage Society:

Roger Stokes- Chairman

Jean Fowlds- Secretary

Ian Black- Treasurer

Colin Simper-Deputy Chairman, Photographer

Gerald Jarvis- Research and reporting

Linda Webb – Archivist

Katie Humphrey—Social Media contact.

It is planned that an Open Day to mark the new status will be held in the Summer this year, the year which also marks the centenary of the death of Daniel James of Calon Lan fame. Full details of those events will be given nearer the time, but meanwhile- do not forget to pay us a visit on the weekend of May 8-10 at Bryngarw Park where there will be an exhibition of the Society’s photographs and artefacts, some relating to WW2, as the weekendwill also be marking the centenary of VE Day.

All enquiries and correspondence: Jean Fowlds, 01656 856091. Email

For more about the GVHS and its records and archives, visit our Facebook page, or website

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