February 2020

Members attended our annual St David’s Day celebration at a lunch at Gwarcefel Arms, Prengwyn on the 25th February, 2020. All were warmly welcomed by the president, Mrs Fioled Jones. In particular, she welcomed two brave husbands, Tom Lewis and Dafydd Jones and our guest speaker, Mrs Anne Thorne, Llanllwni.

After the meal, Mrs Jones officially welcomed the speaker and made particular reference to her past participation in Merched Y Wawr national competitions. Mrs Thorne is originally from the Neath Valley but she and her husband, David, have made their home in the area and raised their children here. They have both worked very hard to promote and further Welsh language, history and culture.

We had such an interesting afternoon, learning about the history of one of the prominent women of the Neath Valley namely Winifred Coombe Tennant. The reference for some of the information was a book by Peter Lord entitled Between Two Worlds. Winifred was born in 1895 and received a good education which included schools in Italy and France. She married young to an older man who was very wealthy and led a privileged life. However, she worked very hard in her community and had a great interest in many things including the Eisteddfod and the world of Art, being a patron of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. She also worked in the field of Women’s Suffrage.

The above only gives a flavour of our afternoon’s talk by Mrs Thorne. If you have a chance, do go and listen to this story or find the book for yourself; it really is fascinating.

Mrs Fioled Jones thanked Mrs Thorne for the interesting story heard during the afternoon.

Our next meeting will be at Capel Nonni, Llanllwni on 30th March at 7 o’clock when Non Elias from Melysion Mam will be joining us.

Please contact: Fioled Jones – 01559 3846177

                        Gwyneth Alban – 01559 384344

                        Ann Phillips – 01559 384558