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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:20 am    Post subject: Abertillery Grammar School  Reply with quote

Anybody know what happened to the Memorial Boards ?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:32 pm    Post subject: Abertillery Grammar School Reply with quote

I know that Arthur Jones rescued them all from a skip when the school was being demolished.
I visited his widow, Mrs Eileen Jones, at the British Legion flats at Cwmtillery in June, when I was a week at Abertillery. Arthur had been Chairman of the Old Tylerians. Somebody had (very luckily) seen them in the skip and alerted Arthur! Eileen is now 90 but extremely "with it"!  She brought out the long roll  Grammar School photo of 1935 when she and Arthur were both pupils. All very emotional. Fan and Miss James were already teachers then, as was Mr Osborne!
Anyhow, Stoob, I know the boards are preserved somewhere locally. Either the new school, or maybe even the Gwent Archive over at Ebbw Vale. Eileen will probably know.
Christine Phillips (Cllr. Tidey as now is) was so generous during my visit, chauffering me all over the place.  She was in our form at school. We found the spot at Brynithel where Mr and Mrs Mounter are buried - but, sadly, no stone, which really surprised us. We did find Nenny Williams' grave and grave stone, just yards from the Mounters. We were at least able to pay our respects to them all.
I found the Guardian/Miners' Memorial deeply moving, as was a visit to St. John's, Six Bells, for Solemn Mass on Corpus Christi - Father Coleman's last service there, in fact. A lovely week with glorious weather, and am so sorry I missed you!  Also got in a picnic up at the Three Sisters above Six Bells. Very difficult path to climb these days, but we managed it!   So many memories.   Anthony
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:40 pm    Post subject: Abertillery Grammar School Reply with quote

"Rescued them from a skip", sums up modern day Abertillery.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:22 pm    Post subject: Abertillery Grammar School Reply with quote

Well, at least you can contact Mrs Eileen Jones and find out where they are!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:12 am    Post subject: Abertillery Grammar School Reply with quote

Not been up the three sisters for eons, will have to put it on the list.
Both Nene and Percy Williams lived into their 90's.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:41 am    Post subject: Abertillery Grammar School Reply with quote

as did Miss James.  Percy Williams is also on the 1935 school photo. You must ask Eileen to show it to you. She loves reminiscing about the old days - and the school is dear to her heart. She pointed out the lads who lost their lives in the Second War.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regarding the photograph of the 1954 rugby team...mr Morris taught me physics as well.
Is the boy third from the right Geoffrey Evans ...in the top row ?
On the bottom row, the third from the left is Gary Ace , then Jeffrey somebody. I believe he died of leukaemia , next to him is my old mate John Gibbs.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

welshlizmiles wrote:
Hi Anthony
I do remember Marie Cooper, she was an old school friend of my mother. I didn't like her and always felt that she picked on me!!! I was in form 1 rather than 1a, Miss Jeremy was our form teacher. She taught PE and I think that she was only there 2 years. Was Mr Handy known to pupils as "Puss Handy" or am I confusing 2 different members of staff? I think my mother used to refer to Mrs Cooper as Marie Davies but I might be wrong about that.
I only did cookery till the end of the 3rd year, I then did needlework for O level. The lessons were in the tech block and we all sat around a big table, the atmosphere was relaxed and I really enjoyed the time I spent there.
Liz


Mrs.cooper was Marie and also a friend of my parents. She and Paul ( who only had one lung and also taught ) lived in Blaina and had a daughter called Judith who was a bit younger than me.  Delightful couple.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:20 am    Post subject: Abertillery Grammar School Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:19 am    Post subject: Abertillery Grammar School Reply with quote

The intake registers are on CD ROM at the Archive Centre in Ebbw Vale.
Due to the number of people still alive access is strictly limited to pupils who attended or family members of the deceased.
Best contact Tony Hopkins over the Archive Centre to see what you can view.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is apparently the VI A form from July 1952
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 8:40 am    Post subject: Abertillery Grammar School Reply with quote

Known teachers lost in the Great War.





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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 11:26 am    Post subject: Ernie Lewis Reply with quote

According  the BBC website, Ernie Lewis has passed away at the age of 91
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:08 pm    Post subject: Trying to find a Beth Llewellyn Reply with quote

i am trying to find a Beth Llewellyn who went to the Grammar School with my wife, a Jean Lewis in the early 60s. They were both from Brynithel, and Beth was Jeans bridesmaid. Any info would be appreciated as we would like to meet her again.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Trying to find a Beth Llewellyn Reply with quote

KenPol683 wrote:
i am trying to find a Beth Llewellyn who went to the Grammar School with my wife, a Jean Lewis in the early 60s. They were both from Brynithel, and Beth was Jeans bridesmaid. Any info would be appreciated as we would like to meet her again.
. Beth was courting a Roger Lewis at the time, and they may have married, only we lost contact.

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