Early Years In The Village.
A Memory of Abertysswg.
I left the village in 1948, to join my parents, Cyril and Gladys Jones, and sister Pam who had moved to Gravesend, Kent. I had attended the Lawn following years at Abertysswg School, before going to Caerleon for my teacher training. The Army followed; 2 years in the East Yorkshire Regiment mostly spent in Vienna. Demob came and I went to join my parents in Kent, find a job and Dulcie who was to become my wife. When living at Aber I attended Bethania Chapel, three times on Sundays. The Minister was the Rev E.G.Williams, whose wife played the organ, sharing this duty with Maggie Williams of Walter Street. I was born on Christmas Day in Westville where we lived with my grandparents, Thomas and Gwen Jones. Our neighbours were Mr and Mrs Kendrick. Each Sunday I had my Sunday lunch with them and their daughter Aggie. What wonderful memories I have of my childhood and youth, surrounded by such wonderful adults. I have wonderful memories of the Whit Monday walk outs, walking the village streets singing the hymns we had practised at Bethania under the wand of Tommy Lodwick. Back to the Chapel for sandwiches galore and cake of all kinds. However that was not the end as we were taken up through Arthur Street to the mountainside to run races, the Bethania Marathon, where competition was almost as keen as the real thing. Great days and many thanks to those who made these times possible. Very best wishes to all Abertonians. Noel Jones