John Day of Troedyrhiw, although now advancing in years, can remember very clearly how, as a boy, he was made to stand back from the graveside when his grandfather was interred at Saron Graveyard in 1945. Over the years he and other members of his family had visited this grave many times until this became impossible due to the overgrown and derelict state which the graveyard had been allowed to fall into.
Friends of Saron had, in fact, located this grave some years ago when they began the task of photographing and recording the inscriptions on all of the graves within the graveyard. Like many of the graves at this time abandonment and lack of maintenance had reduced it to a sad condition.
The situation shown in the above image was, in our view, as unnecessary as it was shameful and something needed to be done. Because of the scale of the task which Friends of Saron are attempting to tackle we have, as yet, been unable to do much here beyond lifting the headstone into a better position and improving access a little.
John Day had already expressed his pleasure with the efforts which Friends of Saron are making in Saron Graveyard and during the last Volunteer Day on 20th September he was able to come to the graveyard and be taken to see his grandparents’ grave for the first time in many, many years.
John was delighted to have been able to make this visit. He related some of his interesting family history including the arrival of his forebears in this area from Staffordshire in the middle of the nineteenth century; the fact that this couple had nine or ten children and that members of a later generation emigrated from Troedyrhiw to join the Welsh colony in Patagonia. This is surely just one example of the ‘living history’ which our area is so rich in and should not be allowed to become forgotten.