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informative Browsing of our History site on Aberafan the old Borough of
Afan, trying to inform on the history of this very ancient borough. In the
near future we will include other parts of the town such as Margam with
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Saturday, August 12th 2006.
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On Show at
I arrived at Eight O Clock to put the finishing touches
to the display, Alan arrived soon after myself and we were pretty busy
finishing our display and answering questions, from early on. We had on
display photographs of local townspeople local Dignitaries townscape and
River photographs we also had a small display of railway photographs on
loan from the Cymmer Afan & District History Society. Also we had
a number of Family trees on display as a taster for those who were interested.
Also on display was the family history of the kings and princes of Afan
we had various book folders, on display on Aberavon/Aberafan history that
visitors to the display could browse through. Mr. Beany and some of his
supporters were early visitors, Mr.Beany was eying the tins of veg on
Raymond’s raffle stall, in the end he found yes tins of beans. I
have bad news for Mr. Beany, his photographs have gone astray some where
out in Beany space on sending them to the computer.
Sandra Evans was a Welcome visitor; Sandra is involved
in the Family History Club at Morrison Rd. library. Thanks Sandra for
Saturday July 1st.2006.
I arrived at the Llantrisant Liesure Centre about 8-45am, unloaded the car and carried it all into the centre to our tables.
As usual,all the familiar different branch members were busy doing the same setting up process,but we all found time for a few words in passing.
Within the next 15 minutes Pam our Swansea branch secetary and my friend Cherry King had arrived from Swansea.
So, we we ready for the start as the first visiters began arriving, in the already hot surroundings, I do feel that the month of July is not the best time for such an event.
With having three of us at our tables, it meant that I was able at times to wander the hall talking to my many friends and fellow Glam members, over the years attending such events, its suprising the number of people one becomes familiar and friendly with, they are to many to list here.
I took a number of photographs at the event, but hope nobody will be offended by me only showing a few here relating to my nearest interest owing to the space available.
I dont intend naming all of the Glam. branch helpers, but special attention I feel is necessary in the case of the ARC. team.I am sure that all Glam.FHS members would like myself, like to thank them for all their hard work, not just on the show days, but throughout the year as they work tierlessly on.
As for myself at the show, I was pleased to have had about a dozen quiries regarding my own patch of the Port Talbot Area.
I was very glad to see Mr.Glyn Bowen, so that I could supply him with the bapts at Margam, of his Harman family, long over due, sorry Glyn.
Then a very interesting new lookup required by Mr.Ron Woolmer who asked my if I could give him any information on a Grey [Gray] family of Margam, he was able to tell me that the family were involved as mining engineers there.
That was enough to set my mind racing to Underhill House, Taibach, which was their home for many years, while they worked as engineers and managers of the Morfa Pit.
Of course it would not have taken Ron long to have found out about his family at Taibach, but I am glad that it was I that could point him, to the many records and books that he may consult.
Then came a real suprise treat for me, when Mrs.Joan Howell [Deere] of Poole,Dorset turned up at our table. Joan being an old friend, and fellow researcher of the BLETHYN family of Cadoxton and Neath Abbet Neath.
Joan and I had been out of regular touch for about a year, due to E.Mail address changes. Of course we shall now catch up with our new notes on that subject by the internet, as I could not give Joan the full attention that she desevered on the day.
A regular that turned up then, was David Cedyn Thomas of Maesteg, David is a great grandson of Mary Thomas an old Key Holder of Llangynwyd Church.
Hello Dave said I, what are you after here today, well he replied I mainly came to see the lovely helpfull girls on the ARK table, reason being is that I wanted to give them a fresh supply of Paracetamol, to make sure that they will be in fine form once again to help me on my next weekly visit to the ARC.
I had better end it there, to get on with outstanding lookups from the event.
Glamorgan Family History Society Swandsea Branch
July 10th. ` My grandmother- a remarkable woman `
Speaker: Mrs. Ann Norling.
August 14th. Members Night : Research : Other things, watch this space :
: All new people welcome, even non-members, give it a try.
September 11th. A.G.M. Followed by ` Swansea Mariners `.
Speaker: Mr. Brian Richards.
Brian has for many years, worked hard on his Web Site by this title.
Be sure that he will add some interesting stories picked up on his voyages
during his extractions of the hundreds of archive boxes.
October 9th. ` Old Swansea in Pictures `
Speaker : Mr. Roy Kneath.
November 13th. ` Hussey Vivian `
Speaker : Prof. David Farmer.
December 11th. Christmas Social. Watch this space.
All at County Hall, Swansea. 2nd floor Committee room 2.
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The Cymmer Afan and District Historical Society
We meet on: the first Monday of the month. Exceptions to this being when there is a Bank Holiday on that Monday, we then meet on the second Monday. We meet at: Brynsiriol Senior Citizens Centre the building with the clock.Cymmer at 7 pm
The secretary can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Glamorgan Family History Society holds its branch meetings at the County Hall, Oystermouth Road, Swansea from 6.45 pm every second monday of the month.