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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.

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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


What’s next at Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum?

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Brian Barnett M.B.E. will be giving a talk at Carmel Chapel next Thursday 28 Sept at 7.00pm on ‘100 Years of The Willows’. You are warmly invited to attend.

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WALK INTO THE PAST FOR FREE THIS SEPTEMBER

Many ‘unseen gems’ that are not usually open to the public along with very well known Cadw sites will be open and welcoming thousands of visitors; a chance to really discover the inside stories of these incredible sites with guided tours on offer at many venues.

With over 300 places to choose from why not take a look at the Cadw website at http://cadw.gov.wales/events/allevents/?lang=en for more information on a full list of sites taking place and the access times?

Cadw monuments require you to register for a free ticket via Eventbrite in order to enter the site, please visit the page and register for yours today!


Merthyr Tydfil, The Crucible of Modern Wales

If you are interested in our local history then please put this date into your diary and turn up to what is sure to be a very interesting event which will be held at the Red House (old Town Hall) in Merthyr.

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Anyone for cake?

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Friends of Saron volunteers spotted these curious fungal growths on an old ash stump in the graveyard.

They turn out to be the fruiting bodies of a fungus which is variously called the coal fungus, carbon balls, cramp balls or King Alfred’s Cakes (Daldinia concentrica).

King Alfred was a terrible cook. In fact (but really in legend) while hiding from the Danes, he’d left a whole batch of cakes in the oven. They were suitably burnt and naturally ruined. So we can only guess he went to the woods and scattered them everywhere on dead ash trees to try and cover up his mistake and pass them off as some kind of fungus. Or something!


Further progress in Saron Graveyard

With the happy sounds of last Saturday’s Youth Carnival drifting across the village from The Willows our small band of volunteers put in another good day’s maintenance and improvement work in the graveyard. The main tasks were:-

1. removing the rapeseed-like weed that had sprung up across most of the site in recent weeks;
2. general tidying up including raking up dead leaves and picking up broken glass across the graveyard;
3. continuing to build up a low wall along the low edge of the chapel ‘footprint’ which, at a future point, will allow backfilling to make this area more level.
Many thanks must go to Steve, Mark, Simon, Sheila, Andrew, David, Phil and Rachel.

Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum

Advance notice of what is sure to be an interesting and enjoyable event. We look forward to seeing you there.

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IF YOU’VE SOME FREE TIME ON 12TH AUGUST IN TROEDYRHIW

Volunteer Day

OUR NEXT WORKING SESSION IN THE GRAVEYARD IS SCHEDULED FOR

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12TH, 2017 FROM 10AM

AT THE SARON GRAVEYARD, TROEDYRHIW.

WHY NOT POP IN TO SEE WHAT WE ARE DOING

OR TO LEND A HAND FOR A WHILE?


A MEETING FOR YOU IN TROEDYRHIW

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THE NEXT FRIENDS OF SARON MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10TH, 2017 AT 6:30 PM

AT THE ANGEL INN, TROEDYRHIW.

ALL ARE WARMLY INVITED

WE WOULD REALLY VALUE YOUR INPUT INTO OUR DISCUSSIONS ON THE GRAVEYARD PROJECT