The Society was formed in 1999 to carry out research into the history of the Ogmore Valley, to collect and collate documents, photographs and other historical evidence relating to the Ogmore Valley. The Society intends to preserve the products of these studies in the form of appropriate publications, photographs, CD`s, DVD`s and on it`s Web Site. The published work will be aimed particularly towards the school children of the Valley.
For the purposes of the Society, the Ogmore Valley is deemed to include the habitations of Blackmill, Glyn Llan, Glynogwr, Lewistown, Nantymoel, Ogmore Vale, Pant-yr-awel, Pricetown and Wyndham together with their environs. These districts fall within the ancient former Parishes of Llangeinor and Llandyfodwg.
Ogmore Comprehensive School are planning a day of celebration
to mark the amalgamation with Ynysawdre School sometime in July 2011.
They have set up a committee (to which I have been seconded, apparently)
and they are looking for ideas on how/what they can do to celebrate all
that was good about Secondary education (both Grammar and Secondary
Modern) in the Ogmore Valley through the various fore runners of the
school from 1910 until the present day.
Naturally they will be looking to invite former pupils and staff so if
you know anyone who would be interested in attending please feel free to
pass this information on and when I have more definite news on date,
time etc I will post here.....
Can you also let me know of any famous ex pupils (or anyone that has
achieved something significant), from the school to add to our list in
case I miss anyone out:-)
Next Meeting: 9th March 2011
Venue: Old Reading Room, Berwyn Centre, Nantymoel.
Mr Bert Jones, CBE was unanimously elected as the Society`s New Chairman.
We are also very pleased to announce that we will from 2011 sponsoring two new Heritage Awards.
The Trevor John Memorial Award will be awarded to the best history student at Nantymoel Primary School annually.
The Ursula Ridley Memorial Award will be awarded to the best history student at Ogmore Vale Primary School annually.
Journal 2010 is now on general sale and can be purchased direct from members or from the following outlets in the valley:
Nantymoel Animal Welfare shop
Pant-yr-awel Post Office
Blackmill Service Station
Society Crystals are also available from Roys News, Nantymoel Animal Welfare shop and Pant-yr-awel Post Office or directly from the Secretary.
This years Journal launch was a bit of a white out with the bleedin weather and kiboshed all the excellent preparations by both the Society and Alyson Jones and her team at Nantymoel Primary (including the children who helped in the afternoon).
We will be holding a "History" day at Nantymoel Primary School sometime in the spring....More details when known....
Every year we release a journal to celebrate the research and studies of the current year. Within our journals are numerous articles from past and present residence of the Ogmore Valley telling us about their life experiences. This years articles are......
Secretary`s Report, Huw Daniel
A Tale of Coal and the Ogmore Valley, Les Allen
William John Follett, (An early life in the Ogmore & Garw Valleys), Peter Follett
Dafydd Ceredig Williams, (A lifetime of service as Head of Aber School, 1895 - 1930), Clive Williams
The Chapel Outing, Wendy Vaughan
The Federation Stone, Harry Radcliffe / Huw Daniel
Coalmining in the Ogmore Valley - David Davies and the Western Colliery, WAM Jones
Birthday Memories, An Ogmore Saga, Grafton Radcliffe
The Social Life of Teenagers in the Ogmore Valley in the 1940s-50s, Lorita Clack
Working Down the Pit, Les Allen
A Royal Navy Medic in the The Cod War, Don Williams
An Ogmore Christams in the 1920s, Alun V. Williams
The Catholic Church in Ogmore Vale, Huw Daniel
Ogmore Vale Miniature Rifle Club, 1912, Huw Daniel
We also have an excellent article written by Mrs Susan Williams but do not have the required images and don`t appear to have Susan`s contact details - So if you're reading this Susan please get in touch or if anyon else knows her contact details, please let us know by contacting us. And of course if you still have an article then now is the time to think about submitting to the secretary for preparation and conversion for publishing in Journal 2011.