Meet The Members



Chairman. Lived and taught in the Garw since 1999 although born and raised in Essex. Roger is a keen member of the Garw Valley Railway Society.


Secretary. Jean was born and brought up in the Rhondda but left to work for an airline in London in the sixties. Interested in the medieval period, she has an MA from London University in medieval European studies, and an MA from the University of Wales in Celtic Christianity.




Researcher. Gerald has lived in the Garw since he left Cardiff with his family at the age of 9. He has worked at Christie Tyler’s and in the Ffaldau pit and then at Flextank before retiring. Gerald has long had an interest in South Wales history and enjoys researching local stories and sharing his enthusiasm with like-minded people via the website and at Valley schools and exhibitions.


Photographer & Archivist.
Colin has worked in Telecoms for over 40 years in and around Bridgend and a photographer since the late 70s. He is currently looking after the society’s vast range of photographs of the Garw Valley, cataloguing the various artefacts ready for easy access in our database.




Social Media Manager.

Non – Trustee Members:


Archivist. More here.

5 comments Add yours
  1. Dear M/S.
    After reading the Glam Gazette that you require photo`s and documents on the first world war, Has I have researched a great uncle of mine, and his name is on the memorial plaque in Bleangarw infant school by the name of Iestyn Morgan KIA September 1918, I have also visited his grave in France. I have also photo`s of a cousin of Iestyns is name was Evan Young half brother to my father born and past away in the valley some of you my remember him Danny John over 40 yrs on committee with Bleangarw Rugby Football Club, I also played for the club for 5yrs, before moving to Maesteg.
    If you require more send me an e-mail and I will forward my contact No`s.

    Regards, Bill John.

  2. Hi Gerald,
    Regarding Lieutenant D G Farrow, I found him on the Royal Navy List for 1943 ,with HMS/MGB57. He is also on the Navy Reserve List September 7 1943 as a Temporary Lieutenant.
    I found this information from I did not have enough details to find him on a census.

    Regards Barbara

  3. 27.11.16
    My father was awarded Victor Ludorum from Garw in, I’m estimating, the 20’s. I remember the trophy well and I believe he kept it up until his death, but it was lost to us (myself and my sister) through personal circumstances. I would love to trace the details of this award through yourselves if possible. Are you able to help? If not, do you know of anyone who can?
    Many thanks,
    Mrs Hill

  4. My mothers uncle was William Thomas Gould who lived in Pontycummer and enlisted in Bridgend at the outset of WW1. He was KIA on February 27, 1917
    in the Salonika campaign. He was shipped to France expecting to be heading to the Somme, instead found himself directed through Marsailles, Cairo and on to
    Salonika. My connections to the Garw are through people who have lived in Pontycummer, Blaengarw, Bettws, Pontyrhyl, Llangeinor with family names such as
    Gould, Millard and Stock. Myself, I attended Garw Grammar School from 1954 to 1958 and have good memories of many classmates. I was part of the caravan of buses that travelled from Cornelly, Pyle, Kenfig Hill, Cefn Cribwr, Aberkenfig and Tondu. A slow hours run morning and night.

    I am living in Canada but would love to hear from any former classmates who can email me on
    David George from Kenfig Hill.

  5. Hi,
    Your contact us page does not seem to be workng.
    The form does not appear.
    If someone needs to contact you it seems this is not possible at the moment?

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