Abergarw, The Bridge 1938

Abergarw, The Bridge 1938

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Memories of Abergarw, the Bridge 1938

Abergarw Estate Or The Hostels

My name is David Strutt and I moved with my parents to 5 Heol yr Ynys when I was only 6 months old, in 1941, having been bombed out in London. I have often wondered what happened to folk that lived there. We seemed to know lots of people. I remember Jimmy Sadd, Billy Ward who lived at Riverside, Mervyn Priddle, Mary Glasson who married Bob Ford (they had the grocer's shop), Joan Goodman, Cedric Harris, David Sylvester (who played the drum in the jazz band), Michael Hunt, Mike Evans (who we met later in 1971 when we lived at Llangynwyd), Ann Davis (who lived next door to the fish and chip shop). I remember building the dam in the river, and we used to play in the old brewery, also walkng alongside the ...Read full memory

A memory of Abergarw by David Strutt

Abergarw Hostels

I was was born at Abergarw hostels in 1947. I have lovely memories of my childhood living there. Lived in Ogmore Gardens right by the river. Every summer we would build a dam across the river to make a pool where we would spend our days learning to swim, I think all us hostel children learned to swim in Ogmore River. Also there was a community hall where pantomimes were held with the cast made up of hostel residents. My father belonged to the magic circle and often performed his tricks there, neither myself or brothers and sisters knew how they were done. Dances were also held in the hall and many a good night was had by all. In 1953 a jazz band was formed, they were very popular then, we practiced twice a ...Read full memory

A memory of Abergarw by Joan Lake

The Ostels, Brynmenyn

I am Philip Hopkins, born 1952 and moved the Ostels when I was 6 months old and lived there till I was 10. We lived in the posh part of the Ostels (brick built), I think the hostel had two bedrooms and was in a place called Ty-Draw Square, opposite the shop run by a Mr Priddle. My father Tal Hopkins, was a fruit & veg merchant delivering to shops all over the Bridgend area. My mother was Marjorie. I also remember the nursery, sleeping in the afternoon, jumping over the fence to go home (next to the nursery) The walk to Brynmenyn school with Philip Sadd who used to tell terrific stories all the way to school. I learned to swim in the Ogmore river where we built a damn. Every summer, we crossed the railway line to ...Read full memory

A memory of Abergarw by Philip Hopkins

Abergarw Estate (The Hostels)

My name is Gareth Davis, brother of Yvonne Davis, and son of Harry & Gwen Davis, originally of 35, Heol yr Ynis, Abergarw Estate, commonly known as "The Hostels". I remember my big sister Yvonne walking me over this bridge every morning to go to Brynmenyn primary school which was quite a long way for children to go, passing the old pub over the railway line where my grandad (also Harry Davis - with one arm lost in WW 1 ) who used to get plastered whenever he could much to my dads anger having to drag him home. I now live in Australia having travelled the world with the army, (now 64 and retired) have settled on the other side of the world. I have many many fond memories and was able to visit the area in ...Read full memory

A memory of Abergarw by Gareth Davis

Memories of Abergarw

Abergarw Estate Or The Hostels

My name is David Strutt and I moved with my parents to 5 Heol yr Ynys when I was only 6 months old, in 1941, having been bombed out in London. I have often wondered what happened to folk that lived there. We seemed to know lots of people. I remember Jimmy Sadd, Billy Ward who lived at Riverside, Mervyn Priddle, Mary Glasson who married Bob Ford (they had the grocer's shop), Joan Goodman, Cedric Harris, David Sylvester (who played the drum in the jazz band), Michael Hunt, Mike Evans (who we met later in 1971 when we lived at Llangynwyd), Ann Davis (who lived next door to the fish and chip shop). I remember building the dam in the river, and we used to play in the old brewery, also walkng alongside the ...Read full memory

A memory of Abergarw by David Strutt

Abergarw Hostels

I was was born at Abergarw hostels in 1947. I have lovely memories of my childhood living there. Lived in Ogmore Gardens right by the river. Every summer we would build a dam across the river to make a pool where we would spend our days learning to swim, I think all us hostel children learned to swim in Ogmore River. Also there was a community hall where pantomimes were held with the cast made up of hostel residents. My father belonged to the magic circle and often performed his tricks there, neither myself or brothers and sisters knew how they were done. Dances were also held in the hall and many a good night was had by all. In 1953 a jazz band was formed, they were very popular then, we practiced twice a ...Read full memory

A memory of Abergarw by Joan Lake

Abergarw Estate (The Hostels)

My name is Gareth Davis, brother of Yvonne Davis, and son of Harry & Gwen Davis, originally of 35, Heol yr Ynis, Abergarw Estate, commonly known as "The Hostels". I remember my big sister Yvonne walking me over this bridge every morning to go to Brynmenyn primary school which was quite a long way for children to go, passing the old pub over the railway line where my grandad (also Harry Davis - with one arm lost in WW 1 ) who used to get plastered whenever he could much to my dads anger having to drag him home. I now live in Australia having travelled the world with the army, (now 64 and retired) have settled on the other side of the world. I have many many fond memories and was able to visit the area in ...Read full memory

A memory of Abergarw by Gareth Davis

The Ostels, Brynmenyn

I am Philip Hopkins, born 1952 and moved the Ostels when I was 6 months old and lived there till I was 10. We lived in the posh part of the Ostels (brick built), I think the hostel had two bedrooms and was in a place called Ty-Draw Square, opposite the shop run by a Mr Priddle. My father Tal Hopkins, was a fruit & veg merchant delivering to shops all over the Bridgend area. My mother was Marjorie. I also remember the nursery, sleeping in the afternoon, jumping over the fence to go home (next to the nursery) The walk to Brynmenyn school with Philip Sadd who used to tell terrific stories all the way to school. I learned to swim in the Ogmore river where we built a damn. Every summer, we crossed the railway line to ...Read full memory

A memory of Abergarw by Philip Hopkins
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