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About davidjcollier

Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy.

2018 – A good year for local history & heritage

Thank you for your interest and support through 2017.

Let’s make 2018 an even better year for celebrating the local history and heritage of Troedyrhiw.Happy New Year

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Have a great Christmas!

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Wishing you all the best this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Friends of Saron and Troedyrhiw Local History Forum will resume their activities in 2018.

Merry Christmas!


Your invitation to the Annual Charity Concert at Carmel, Troedyrhiw

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Please support this seasonal event if you can. It will certainly help you to get into the ‘Christmas mood’ if you’re not there already:-

The ANNUAL CHARITY CONCERT at CARMEL.WYNDHAM STREET, TROEDYRHIW is taking place at 7.00 p.m. on 19th December in aid of the national Salvation Army appeal

Tickets for adults are £2 each. Children need a ticket, but payment is discretionary. All proceeds will go to the charity.


Spare a thought this Christmas

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In Finland, it’s appropriate for people to visit a cemetery over Christmas. It’s a beautiful sight as hundreds of graveside candles are lit and glow in the snowy woods. Lighting candles at the graves of deceased relatives is a long-standing Finnish tradition for those who go to church, and those who don’t. “As many as three-quarters of Finnish families visit a cemetery at Christmas, mostly on Christmas Eve, and we even have to make special traffic arrangements to accommodate the crowds,” says Risto Lehto, who manages six cemeteries run by the Parish Union of Helsinki. People will visit a local graveyard at Christmas even if no relatives are there, because it is such a beautiful and tranquil setting.
This Christmas please spare a thought for our own graveyard at Saron, Troedyrhiw and for all of those who have lived in our village before us.


A quotation from Gladstone to ponder

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“Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals.”
What do you think of this well known quotation from 19th century prime minister William Gladstone?

Is it wrong to exercise in a graveyard?

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The vision of the Saron Project, Troedyrhiw is to rescue an important part of the historic fabric of the village from the effects of many years of neglect by creating a low maintenance memorial and wildlife garden as a well-loved resource which can be appreciated and used by the local and wider communities.

Are there any activities that are not appropriate for a burial place? Follow this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33911938

and let us know what you think by emailing friendsofsaron@gmail.com


Get your heritage Christmas cards here!

Xmas Cards

Christmas cards with images of bygone Troedyrhiw are now on sale at Peter the Butcher and other outlets in the village. Or email friendsofsaron@gmail.com for details.


Volunteers spending an odd hour at Saron Graveyard

Small jobs keep the Saron Graveyard Project moving forward.


Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum

Unfortunately, there will not be another meeting of Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum before Christmas. Several meetings are, however, planned for the early part of 2018. Watch this space for further details.

LHF Early 2018 Mtgs


The History of The Willows, Troedyrhiw

 

Another well attended meeting of Troed-y-rhiw Local history forum was held last Thursday at Carmel Chapel.

Brian Barnett made an extremely interesting presentation on the history of The Willows. His talk touched on:-

  • early interest from the Council in creating a recreation ground on what was boggy land which was drained, raised and levelled by tipping domestic ash and rubbish;
  • the opening, in 1931, of the Welfare Ground which was then maintained through a levy on colliers’ wages;
  • the establishment, in 1932, of a Boys’ club for over 16’s;
  • the importance of football over many years as a mainstay of the Willows including the glory years of the late 1940’s when games against Merthyr would attract crowds in excess of 3,000;
  • the use of the Willows by a whole range of other village groups and as a focal point for numerous events and celebrations including the 1951 Festival of Britain, 1952 Festival of Music & Art and 1953 Coronation.

Brian, who has been associated with Troedyrhiw Boys’ and Girls’ Club for over 50 years and, in 2006, was awarded an M.B.E. for his work, described how what was originally a boys-only   organisation grew from humble beginnings. He explained how, despite setbacks including three serious arson attacks, it was possible to raise the support and funding required to build the splendid Willows Centre which operates as a youth and community centre for the benefit of the whole community.

In his closing remarks Brian referred to the fact that the current trustees of The Willows are all aged over 65 and explained that the committee desperately needs new members to ensure that this vital community asset remains in the ownership of residents.

If you can help in any way please contact The Willows Centre, Troedyrhiw on Tel: 01443 692198 or Email: member@troedyrhiwclub.fsnet.co.uk