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First World War Treasure

A familiar face in Pencader earned herself a national audience recently when she appeared on prime-time television. Ruth Lewis, of Castle Green, is often seen around the village with her German shepherd, Vincent, but in May she appeared on the BBC’s Antique Roadshow with a unique item from her family’s history.

Ruth attended the Roadshow team’s visit to the National Botanic Garden last summer, taking with her a small, engraved silver cup which has been in the family for more than a century. The cup immediately caught the eye of silver expert Duncan Campbell, but it was the story behind the cup that ensured it would feature on the broadcast, which was watched by around eight million viewers.

Ruth described how the cup – which actually belongs to her mum, Mary Thomason of Bryndelyn – had been found by her great-grandfather, Henry Morris, in the trenches at Ypres during the First World War. “He found it in the trench, in the mud, so it was all black and horrible,” Ruth told the astounded expert. “He used it while he was in the war as a shaving mug.”

Ruth went on to describe how the cup had come home with her great-grandfather after the war, but almost ended up in the bin. “When he came home, my grandmother was cleaning out his bag and she found the cup and said: ‘What’s this?’ and he said ‘Oh I don’t know, you can throw it away, I’ve been using it as a shaving mug.’”

However, Henry’s wife Mary was not so sure, as Ruth explained. “She said: ‘I think it is silver,’ so she cleaned it up and then when my mother was born in 1942, it was given to her as a christening present. “My mother still has it in her china cabinet at home.”

Duncan was clearly delighted by the cup’s journey. “A little beaker like that can only have been made in France,” he explained. “So, your great-grandfather dug it out of the mud in Ypres? Presumably, it belonged to a Frenchman. In a French trench was it?”

Ruth told him how the family had presumed the beaker was a stirrup cup, but Duncan explained how cups of this kind were often given as a christening gift in France. “On the front, it’s engraved with the chap’s name, which may well have been the soldier of the Great War who lost it,” he told Ruth. “So, it’s been recycled, used as a shaving mug and then recycled again. “It’s been used as a christening mug, back to what it originally was!” Despite the incredible story behind the beaker, there will be no need to get it insured, unfortunately. “I’ll tell you the truth,” Duncan said, “it’s not a valuable thing. It’s not actually silver. In fact, it’s electroplated – it’s silver plate.”

However, he stressed that there were many ways to value an object. “This is a fantastic example of an antique, or an old object that doesn’t have to be worth much to be enormously valuable,” he said. “It’s the best history of an object I’ve heard in a long time, it’s really quite moving.”

Delighted Ruth told him: “My mother will be really chuffed.”


 

Help! Coronavirus Covid-19

Pencader Community School

For the first time ever I have no news of any successes or a record of activities to note. Since March, the school doors have closed, the noise of children has gone quiet, however the noise does continue but behind their own doors at home.

The highlight of our week as staff is to receive pictures, videos and work completed by the children – keep them coming – they bring a smile to our faces,

Keeping in contact is very important to us in Cae’r Felin. Over Easter the staff created a video for the children as a message to all the children and of course to wish them a Happy Easter. Our aim is to support the parents as much as possible by sharing useful ideas, websites and links. Through phone calls we hope we can resolve any concerns or problems.

The staff are by no means redundant – far from it. They are planning and preparing appropriate tasks that can be completed at home and then put on the electronic platform so that the teachers can mark and support further. They also have been phoning to catch up with parents and pupils and of course they are also working in the hubs supporting the vulnerable and key workers children – some in Carreg Hirfaen and the others in Y Ddwylan.

We wait weekly for the updates from the Assembly with regards to our schools, but no school will re-open until we can ensure it is safe and purposeful during this strange time. We look forward to see the school full of chat again and the yard full of laughter and play. Once again the sun sets on the hill and I look forward to reporting again.

Thank you to all the staff and parents for all their support and patience.

Thank You Very Much

A few words, hoping that you are all keeping safe and well during these extremely difficult times. Covid 19 has changed our world but at the same time it’s given us all an opportunity to contemplate and value what’s important to us all. Many of you are either shielding or self-isolating and restricted in your day to day way of living, while others have had to be brave and go to work for our benefit.

I sincerely thank members of the Community who have volunteered to help during these testing times. Your contribution is priceless and you have led the way for the sake of others. Being kind to each other and taking the time to ask “how are you” gives such comfort and reassurance. We can all be proud of the effort that’s been made.

Whatever the future holds we must remember the Local Community Services and Businesses that have been the backbone of our Community. I hope we all continue to support and see the value of our priceless Local Services and that we must never take them for granted.

Following this storm “the sun will shine again” and we’ll all have the pleasure of socializing together.

In the meantime if anyone requires anything please call me on the usual number 07792 199161 or email me on

LDaviesEvans@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Warm Regards and please Keep Safe.

Linda Evans (Councillor)

CALLING ALL ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS

Now that the winter evenings are here, it is time to set to work in your studios, workrooms, garages etc, to produce items for displaying at the GARDEN AND CRAFT SHOW next September in Pencader.

Once again the “Jane Billington Award” is the class in the show that is for ‘The most original piece of artwork, in any medium’. So why not have a go at entering one or more items that you have produced?

This class provided the show with a wonderful selection of exhibits from many talented local people in 2019. We will be providing a larger display area for this popular class at next year’s show, so there will be room for your exhibit!!

What would you like to see as a handicraft class? Tell us your suggestions for the classes in the normal craft sections. These will be announced in the February edition of Clecs Bro Cader.

Suggestions please to Chris Fuller: 01559 384499 or email: chrisfuller480@btinternet.com.

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