In November John Jones came to talk about the history of Ffair Rhos. The name comes from the fair that was held on the moorland by the monks of Ystrad Fflur Abbey. Later it became a hiring fair. As well as agriculture, especially raising sheep, the area was well known for its miners who were digging for lead. They were responsible for the development of the village. During its time the community has been renowned for its poets. John Jones went on to describe a number of the characters who used to live in the area.
Dr John Davies presented the story of O T Jones to us in December. He was born in 1878 in Plasnewydd farm and moved to Beulah, in the Newcastle Emlyn area, and then Blaenffynnon. He attended the local school until he was 15 years old when he went to Pencader Grammar School. After graduating from Aberystwyth University in 1899 he moved to Trinity College, Cambridge, where Geology was one of his subjects. He joined the British Geological Survey in 1903 and then became the first Professor of Geology in Aberystwyth in 1910. He made a number of original contributions to his topic, especially in Wales, and in 1926 was elected Fellow of the Royal Society. He was a famous geologist who had a long and distinguished career. He died in 1967.
February 6th: Einion Gruffydd will talk (in Welsh) about Radio and Television.
March 5th: Mary Thomason will tell us the story of John Pryce Jones, a remarkable son of Pencader (in English).
April 23rd: The Rev Eileen Davies, Gwndwn, will present ‘Here I am’ (in Welsh).
The meetings are held in Neuadd yr Ysgol, Llanfihangel, and they start at 7:30pm. Admission is £3 which includes refreshments and a raffle.
A warm welcome to everyone.