Papworth Hospital in Cambridge is world renowned today as a centre for heart and lung transplant surgery. It will soon be celebrating its centenary having opened on 12 February 1918 to treat TB patients including discharged soldiers from WW1. Its founder was Pendrill Varrier-Jones who was born and spent his early years at Glantaff House, Troedyrhiw.
For more information check out these links on the BBC News and Merthyr Heritage Plaques websites:-
The Saron Graveyard Project, Troedyrhiw depends upon its enthusiastic and friendly volunteers. Why not join us for a while or simply drop in on one of our Volunteer Days to see what we are doing? You will be made most welcome and will provide much needed support to a small group that has been making a real difference to a sensitive and important part of the historic fabric of the village. Our next session will be held on SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY FROM 10.00am AT SARON GRAVEYARD, CHAPEL STREET, TROEDYRHIW
We know that there is considerable interest in the progress of the Saron Graveyard Project, Troedyrhiw and would like to warmly invite you to a meeting about this. Your views on what we have been doing, the challenges that remain and the best ways forward would be greatly appreciated. Please join us at the Angel Inn, Bridge Street in the village from 6.30pm on Friday 23 February. We hope that you will be able to make it.
Following an unexpectedly long break since our last meeting Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum will recommence its activities on Thursday 22 February. You are cordially invited to join us at Carmel Chapel at 7.00pm for what promises to be another very interesting and enjoyable talk by Clive Thomas. We look forward to seeing you there.
The 100th anniversary of the achievement of votes for women (or, at least, some of them) seems to be an appropriate time to note an important ‘first’ for Troedyrhiw. The ‘Pioneer’ newspaper reported on 24th May 1915 that Troedyrhiw had laid claim to being the first place to have a lady station master / mistress when Miss Alice Lidster had been appointed to this position at Troedyrhiw Halt on the G.W.R. and Rhymney Joint Line following the departure of her predecessor Mr David Walters to join the Army.
If you are interested in the history of our valleys and haven’t already seen this 2013 YouTube video from the “After Coal’ production team it will be well worth watching.
The South Wales Miners’ Museum celebrates the work and culture of once bustling valleys.
Those involved in the SARON GRAVEYARD PROJECT, TROEDYRHIW
are inspired by stories such as the following which show that communities can and do care about and feel connected to those who have gone before them. You can listen here to this short item from a recent edition of the Jeremy Vine Show on Radio 2 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05w91c3
“Lesley Wilson from Hoarwithy in Herefordshire called Jeremy to explain why she and her husband have tended to a dilapidated grave in their local churchyard.
The grave belongs to one Private George Henry Edwards who died in Bristol in 1918 after injuries sustained in World War One. The Wilson’s researched into his history and it appeared that none of the Private’s descendants had visited the grave, let alone looked after it. The couple decided to repair it ahead of the centenary of his death which will be on Feb 4.
The Wilson’s approached the Jeremy Vine Show’s family history expert Cat Whiteaway who looked into the case and located George’s great niece, Melanie Ore.
Jeremy talked to Lesley, Cat and Melanie about the processes involved in tending to abandoned graves and plans for the commemoration of the young soldier’s death.”
If you would like to care for a family grave or adopt one that has been forgotten or simply give an hour or two of your time than please join us at our next Volunteer Day from 10.00am on Saturday 24 February.
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.
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.
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.