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The Cambrian News 1938

14 Jan 1938


The death occurred on January 2nd, at the age of 82, of Mr. L.Jones, Coedmor House. A retired master dairyman, he was a popular figure in the district, being of an amiable disposition. He was a member of Llancynfelin church, and two years ago he and Mrs. Jones celebrated their diamond wedding. The funeral took place on January 6th, when interment was made at Llanilar. ...(list of mourners omitted)


The wedding took place at Aberystwyth Registry on Saturday of Mr. David Thomas Pugh, Coed y glyn, Taliesin to Miss Christiana M Rigden, Sunnyside, Tre'rddol

21 January 1938


The marriage was solemnised quietly to-day (Thursday) of Mr. David Evans, Pengelley, Newcastle Emlyn to Miss Audrey Basil Jones, Gwynfryn, Taliesin. The Rev Gwilym Parry officiated. Both bride and groom are popular members of Cardiganshire County Council and are county magistrates.

18 February 1938


John Gwilym Morris, Tanybryn, Taliesin, was summoned for having driven a vehicle in North Parade while under the influence of drink.

P.C.Ishmael said he saw a car turn into North-parade at a slow speed. The driver (defendant) appeared to have difficulty in driving the car, and also in changing gears. Eventually, the car came to a standstill, and on going to speak to the defendant, witness noted a strong smell of intoxicants. He asked the defendant what was the matter and he replied "What do you think is the matter?" Defendant got out of the car, attempted to start the car with a starting handle, but nearly fell. Witness then took him to the Police Station where he was examined by Mr. E Owen Lloyd FRCS North-parade, who found him to be under the influence of drink. When charged, defendant stated he considered he was a fit person to drive a car.

Defendant, who pleaded "Guilty" said he had been at Borth where he had three drinks. He then drove to Aberystwyth to buy some food and when he got into the car to drive home he had to drive slowly because of some trouble with the car. On going into North-parade he turned the corner slowly because of the crowd on the streets, but the car stopped owing to the fault of the battery and choke. He had been driving since 1935, had a clean record, and had never previously been in Court. His livelihood depended on his car and he promised that any leniency shown would be justified by his future good behavior.

After pointing out the seriousness of the charge, the Mayor said the Bench had taken all the circumstances into consideration and had decided to fine defendant £5 with 16/- costs and 10/6 doctor's fee, but had decided not to disqualify him from driving. Defendant was given time to pay.

4 March 1938


A collision occurred on Monday night at Taliesin between a motor-cycle driven by Mr. David Price Morgan, The Smithy, Talybont, and a motor car driven by Rev Gwilym Parry, vicar of Llancynfelin. Mr. Morgan was thrown from his machine and received facial injuries and bruises. He was conveyed to Aberystwyth Hospital by ambulance and is now, fortunately, progressing rapidly.

11 March 1938


The death of Mr. David Jenkins took place at his home (Neuadd) on Tuesday.

A native of Pontrhydfendigaid, he had moved to the district when eight years of age, first to Cerrigtrane, and afterwards to Neuadd.

Mr. Jenkins was a deacon at Taliesin Welsh Calvinist Methodist Chapel for over 50 years, during the whole of that period he had acted either as Secretary or Treasurer of the church. He had been chairman of various organisations in connection with the "Hen Gorff" including the Monthly Meeting of North Cardiganshire Presbytery. He was well known throughout the Principality as breeder and exhibitor of black cattle in the principal shows including the Royal Agricultural Show of England, Bath and West, The Royal Welsh, as well as the Birmingham and Smithfield fat shows. At the letter shows he won the championship of the breed on two occasions, one of which as recently as last Christmas. Mr. Jenkins, who was frequently appointed judge won the first prize for an essay on Welsh Black Cattle at the National Eisteddfod at Caernarvon in 1935, and has since been published by the Black Cattle Society. Much sympathy is extended to his sister (Mrs T Thomas, Taliesin), and two brothers (Mr. J M Jenkins, Cerrigtrane, and Mr. Llywelyn Jenkins, Cardiff).

The funeral will take place at 2pm on Saturday, when interment will be at Talybont Cemetery.

(Report of funeral and mourners list in following edition)


The success of the annual tea and concert held at the Mission Room, Taliesin, under the auspices of St. Cynfelyns's Church, exceeded all expectations. The ladies at the tables were: Mrs Griffin, Mrs Griffiths, Ty-mawr; Mrs. Embury, and Miss Rees, Half-way, and they were waited on by a band of willing helpers. Dr D O Williams, Tre'rddol, presided at the concert, and Prof. E D T Jenkins, Plas Penrhyn, conducted. The programme provided an entertainment greatly appreciated by a crowded audience. The main items were a little play for children with music, and the drama "Enoc Huws" based on the well-known novel by Daniel Owen, the centenary of whose birth was celebrated two years ago. Those who took part in the drama were Mrs Williams, Tynywern, Miss Madge Evans, Miss Megan Rees, Miss Betty Davies, Tymawr, Messrs Richard Rowlands, T Lloyd-Evans, William Price, Billy Price, William Robert Williams, Cynfelyn Humphries, and Tudor Lewis. Miss Mary Davies, Stoneleigh, impersonated "The Old Woman" in the little play. The acting reached a high standard and reflected great credit on all the performers. The accompanist was Miss Rees, Goitre, Messrs Tim Jones and Llew Roberts also gave valuable assistance. The usual thanks were accorded by the vicar.

6 May 1938


At the monthly meeting the Rev Evan Isaac, Taliesin, gave a talk in Welsh on "Welsh Folk Lore" (Llen Gwerin) which was highly appreciated. Miss Lilian Edwards, Llys Cynfelin, proposed thanks. Miss Marie Edwards gave a report of the Council meeting at New Quay. A letter was read from Mrs David Evans, Pengelli, (late of Gwynfryn) thanking the members for their help in making the tenants tea on April 8th such a success. Mrs Embury, West View (president) on behalf of the members, presented Miss Madge Evans, Commercial Hotel, the late secretary, with a dressing set as token of appreciation for here excellent work. Miss Evans responded. Eggs were collected towards the Aberystwyth and Cardiganshire Hospital. Misses Ruth and Gladys Jones, Y Berth, acted as tea-hostesses.

1 July 1938

FUNERAL of Mr. R Jones, Pantgoch, aged 64

22 July 1938

Obituary. The death occurred on Tuesday week at the age of 53 of Miss Mary Anne Davies daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs John Davies, Dolau Gwyn, Miss Davies had been in the service of the late Mr. M Benjamin, Frongoch, for many years and was highly respected throughout the district. The funeral took place on Friday at Llancynfelyn Churchyard, the service being conducted by the vicar. Chief mourners: Mr. and Mrs J Jones, Mr. and Mrs W Pugh(brothers in law and sisters);Miss Maggie Pugh(niece); Miss H Morgan (aunt); Miss M J Morgan Mrs Tom Watkins Mrs E D Andrew, Aberystwyth, Miss Davies , Piscah (cousins), Mr. and Mrs Edwards and Mrs Davies, Tynberth; Mrs Morgan and Miss Jones, Cnwch; Mr. James Jones, Dolgamlyn; Mrs Pugh and Miss Pugh and Mrs Morris, Taliesin. Floral tributes were received from: Kate and John; Hannah and Will; Jennie and Iver; Barry; Maggie, Meurig and Wilfred; all at No 1 Williams St: T and L Watkins; E and H Andrew; Ceridwen Watkins; all at Buildings, Nanteos, and M J Morgan.

5 August 1938

TALYBONT SESSIONS. Evan Lewis Davies (19) Rock House Taliesin, was summoned for having carried on his motor cycle a pillion passenger, not a licence-holder, while he (defendant) was a provisional licence holder. D C C Thos Jones said the case was a sequel to an accident on the Talybont-Bontgoch road. J Davies, who expressed regret, and explained that he only carried a friend to his work, was fined 10/-.

TALIESIN. INFANT WELFARE. Six sessions of the infant welfare centre were held during the past quarter, with two ante-natal attendances and 172 infant attendances.

26 August 1938


ACCIDENT. Mr. A J Wellman of Birmingham, while motoring on the Llancynfelin road on Monday, came into collision with Mr. J W Morris, Taliesin, who was riding a motor cycle. The cyclist received a broken leg and was attended by Dr Jones and P.C.Vaughan, of Borth. The injured man was subsequently taken to Aberystwyth Hospital.

16 September 1936


ACCIDENT. While Mrs Jones, Llonio, was driving her car to Borth on Thursday week. the steering wheel failed to act and the car ran into a ditch near Dolenydd Farm. Occupants of a passing car rendered help, and later, the lorry of Mr. Pugh, Taliesin, extricated the car. A lady passenger was medically attended for abrasions on the head, a bruised rib, and shock. The other passengers received slight bruises and cuts.

30 September 1938



On and after Friday September 30th next, Respirators will be issued to the public.


2. In the following districts the public are requested to call between the hours of 10am and 8pm at the nearest of the undermentioned places to be fitted and to receive their equipment with instructions as to their use:

...Borth, Memorial Hall; Talybont, Memorial Hall; Taliesin, Old School Room (Cookery Centre); Eglwysfach, Church Hall...

14 October 1938


OBITUARY. The death took place on the 17th September of Mr. David Isaac, Brynderw, at the age of 74 years. He had lived the whole of his life in the neighbourhood, and was well respected by all. The deceased possessed rare qualities and had the gift of song and poetry. For many years he had been a precentor at Tre'rddol Chapel, and had conducted many festivals of the children. A person well read in the scriptures, he was outstanding as a catechiser of the Scripture lessons. He served his chapel in many capacities as deacon, secretary and superintendent of the Sunday School, and always discharged such offices zealously. The funeral took place on September 21, and the Revs J Hopkin Morgan, John Humphreys, W C Humphreys, Rhys Jones and D H Mason ministered at the house, and the Vicar of Llancynfelin at the Churchyard. Sympathy is extended to his two sisters, Mrs David Roberts, Brynderw, and Mrs J Ffoulkes Jones, Manchester House, Barmouth.

WEDDING. Mr. William Evans son of the late Mr. and Mrs John Evans, Gwarcwm-issa, Taliesin and Miss Matilda Breese, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs Breese, Esgairwain, Llanwrin, were married on Friday at Tabernacle Chapel, Aberystwyth....

21 October 1938

WEDDING. ...Mr. Glyn Williams, Birkenhead and Miss Jean Pugh, Taliesin (a London nurse), on Saturday week at Laird Street Welsh Presbyterian Church, Birkenhead. Bride was given away by her brother, W Ernest Pugh...

28 October 1938


W.I. At a meeting presided over by Mrs Hughes, School House, Dr Jones, Borth, gave a lecture on "Cancer" under the auspices of the British Empire Cancer Campaign. Mrs James Jones, Llanio, proposed thanks, and Mr. D O Edwards, The Temperance, seconded.

2 December 1938


DARLITH. Nos Fawrth, Tachwedd 8fed, dechreuodd Cymdeithas Pobl Ieuainc Rehoboth ar waith y gaeaf. Daeth cynylliad cryf unghyd i wrando ar yr Athro Levi, M.A. Aberystwyth, yn darlithio ar "Rhamant y Llysoedd Barn". Y llywydd oedd Mr. Gwilym Jones. Diolchwyd i'r darlithydd gan y Mri. F Williams, Arthur Pugh, Arthur Edwards a Joseff Rees.

PAPURAU. Nos Fawrth, Tachwedd 22ain cafwyd papurau er "Hen Gymeriadau Taliesin" gan Misses Ceridwen Pugh, Getta Edwards ac Annie Evans. Mr. Caledfryn Evans oedd yn y gadair. Talwyd diolch i'r rhai fu'n cymryd rhan gan Miss J F Thomas a Mr. J Wynne. Siaradwyd ymhellach gan y Mri. Rees Jones a William Pugh.


Consecrated at Llancynfelin.


A quiet sunny day after the storm of Wednesday week, made a natural setting for the ceremony of consecrating a new cemetery by the Lord Bishop of St David's, at Llancynfelin, on Thursday. The clear outlines of the surrounding mountains were in time with the dignified simplicity of the ceremony.

Preceded by the Churchwardens (Dr Williams, Tre'rddol and Mr. Thomas Embury) the incumbents and the Bishop and the Clergy were followed by a representative gathering. At the massive stone entrance the Churchwardens presented to the Bishop their petition requesting him to consecrate, after which the procession moved round the whole of the portion to be consecrated. The Bishop prayed and then followed the proclamation. The Rev. Isaac Edwards, New Quay, having read the sentence of consecration, the procession returned to the church.

The New Portion a Gift

The new portion is the gift of Mrs Griffin, Gwynfryn, and Mrs Dd Evans, J.P. Pengelli, daughters of the late Right Rev W Basil Jones, bishop of St Davids 1873-1897.


In the church the Bishop was assisted by the Vicar The Revs Isaac Edwards and canon D J Jones. Miss Katie Rees, Goitre, was the organist.


Precious Gifts

A stained glass window was unveiled by the Hon Mrs Holford, Lodge Park, the donor, to her husband. The inscription was "To the glory of God and in memory of James Henry Edward Holford, Lieut. Colonel, CMG, DSO and bar. Born 22 xii 1873, Died 17 vi 1936" His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal.

Other gifts were a set of four alter frontals in silk brocade, with chalice veils, burses, pulpit falls and bookmarkers to match. The white and the violet were given by Mrs Griffin, Gwynfryn, in memory of her husband, the late Rev John Alfred Griffin. The red and the green by Mrs Griffiths, Tymawr Mochno. Also a sterling silver chalice and scale paten, inscribed "Rhodd y Parch Gwilym Parry, ficer, er cof am ei rieni" This chalice is a replica of the 17th century chalice belonging to the Parish Church of Llancynfelyn. Alter linen cloths from Mrs Newbury, Gwynfryn, and a friend. Alter cloth, edged with crochet lace the handiwork of Miss Watkins, Glanrheidol, Aberystwyth, font ewer in bronze inscribed "In loving memory of Alfred Griffin, from his children" kneeling pads from Llangynfelyn church Sunday Schools and a mat for the Church porch from Mr. and Mrs E Morgan, Cathays, Cardiff.

After a splendid rendering of the Magnificat the huge congregation moved out of the church which looked so beautiful after its renovation.

The work of draining and forming the new burial ground and of renovation at the church was carried out under the supervision of Mr. G T Bassett Aberystwyth.

By the kindness of Mr. Griffin, the Bishop, clergy and all who had come from a distance were entertained to tea at Gwynfryn.

30 December 1938

OBITUARY. The death occurred on Monday week at the age of 75 of Mrs M Ann Hughes, Claude Road, Cardiff. Mrs Hughes was a native of Tre'rddol being a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Daniel, Wallog. At the age of 21 she went to reside at Corris and married the late Mr. Robert Hughes...(various details of mourners)



The Annual tea party given to the Council School pupils by Mrs David Evans J.P., C.C. Pengelly was held on Thursday week. The Mission Room was decorated and the tables were presided over by Mrs Evans assisted by Mrs Griffin, Gwynfryn, Mrs Hughes, School House, Miss Jones, Pengelly, Mrs E Jones, Mrs K Evans and the school staff. Gifts were distributed and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves in an atmosphere of Christmas hilarity. The hostess, who was accompanied by Mr. David Evans, J.P. Pengelly received a hearty round of cheering for her generosity.



The Prizewinners.

There was keen competition at the annual Eisteddfod of Soar Chapel, Tre’rddol on Monday. Miss E J Williams, Brittania, Borth, was to have presided in the afternoon, but she was unable to be present. Mr. D Handel Morris, Aberystwyth, presided in the evening. The conductors were Mr. W Oliver, Llandre, and the Rev J Hopkin Morgan. The adjudicators: Music, Mr. T Ll Jenkins, FRCO, Aberystwyth,; recitations, Mr. J T Owen MA, Aberaeron; handicrafts, Miss Jennie Edwards and Miss Cerediwen Pugh, Taliesin and Mr. James Morgan, Talybont. Miss Gwenllian Morgan, Machynlleth was the accompanist. Messrs Elwyn Edwards, Temperance, Taliesin and Tudor Pugh, Roman House, Taliesin, were secretaries, and the Misses K Isaac, Penygraig, Tre'rddol and J Pugh, Post Office, Taliesin, treasurers.

Awards:- Solo, under 8, 1 Gertrude Read, Llancynfelyn, 2, Jane Davies, Penrhyncoch, 3 Vera Evans Tre'rddol, Recitation under 8, 1 Jane Davies, Penrhyncoch, 2 Iorerth Evans, Furnace, 3, Jane Jenkins, Cae'r berllan. Solo under 11, 1 Tegwen Davies, Penrhyncoch, 2 Gwen Jenkins Eglwysfach, 3 Catherine Griffiths Eglwysfach. Recitation under 11, 1 Tegwen Davies 2 Jane Davies 3 Gwen Jenkins and Catherine Griffiths, Solo under 14, 1 Gwen Jenkins, 2 Haydn Williams, Taliesin. Party of six, 1 Tre'rddol School (girls) 2 Tre'rddol school(boys), Essay under 11 1 Robert Rowlands, Taliesin, 2 Rhiannon Morgan Tre'rddol. Essay under 14, 1 Ira Mills 2 Alun Isaac and Jean Davies. Pencil sketch, 1 Peter Edwards Taliesin, 2 Bili Evans Tre'rddol. Recitation under 14, 1 Gwen Jenkins, 2 Tegwen davies, 3 Cathrine Griffiths, Penygraig, Furnace.

Duet over 15. 1 Thelma Beechey and Jean Davies, 2 Gwen Jenkins and Jean Davies Party recitation, 1 Eglwysfach. Pillow case 1 Tegwen Edwards, Tirybanc, Bontgoch 2 Jean Davies Tre'rddol.. Hotwater bottle cover 1 Audrey Flook 2 Gertrude Read. Violin Solo, 1 Miss Glenys Eirwen Thomas, Trefeirig. Peppermint creams 1 Miss Hughes Llysalaw, Talybont, Lemon Cheese 1 Miss Isaac Penygraig Taliesin, Blackthorn stick, 1 Mr. Williams, Meirionfa, Talybont, Solo under 16 1 Gwen Jenkins. Prize for adjudicating this item Miss A Davies, Cynullmawr. Embroidery 1 Miss Hughes, Llysalaw, Talybont. Recitation under 18 1 Miss R Owen Tynywern Prize for adjudicating this item Mrs J Hopkin Morgan.

Tune composition. Mr. W Llewelyn Edwards, Ruel, Bow Street Recitation for those who had not won a cup before Frank Mills, Trwynybuarth, Taliesin. Solo for those who had not won a chief solo, soprano or contralto Miss Glenys Eirwen Thomas, Trefeurig, Tenor or bass solo, 1 Mr. George Pugh Aberhosan Lyric 1 divided between Mr. Hughes Ty'rhelig Talybont and Mr. T I Phillips Dinas Terrace Aberystwyth.

Best kept garden (adjudicated in the summer by Miss Delmer Price, London and Taliesin) 1 Mr. Read Gwyndy Mr. William Evans, Terrace road, Taliesin, and Mr. J R Jones, Shop, Taliesin 2 Messrs Evan Williams and Bryn Evans, Chapel Street Taliesin, Humphrey Owen New Terrace and - Thomas Brynarian. 3 Mrs Mary Murphy, Penycae, Mr. Ed Humphreys Taliesin, Mr. Thomason Bryndyfi and Mrs Owen Llysterfyn. Special prizes Miss Pugh, Manchester House, and Mrs Rees, Halfway Inn.

Open duet, 1 The Misses Glenys and Megan Thomas, Teefeurig, Chief recitation Mr. Tom E Jones, Commins Coch and Mr. Ivor Rowlands Pontdolgoch. Penillion singing Mr. Idwal Vaughan Abercegir, Limerick, Mr. Isaac Edwards, Tre'rddol, and Mrs J Hopkin Morgan, Wesley Villa.

After delivering his adjudication on the walking sticks Mr. James Morgan made a surprise presentation of a hazel walking stick of his own workmanship to the Rev J Hopkin Morgan, who will be leaving next August to take up a pastorate in another Welsh Methodist circuit. The Rev J Hopkin Morgan suitably acknowledged.

(NLW Meicroffilm)

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