Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School
Local NUT Executive Committee, 1970
In 1970 the National Union of Teachers, NUT, celebrated
its centenary. A booklet was published by the local branch to mark the event,
together with a photograph of the executive committee shown below.
(It was The National Union of Elementary Teachers that was founded in
1870. The union changed its name in 1889 to become the NUT.)
Back Row (left to right): Mr.
Elfed Davies, Mr. Gwyn Roach, Mr. David Phelps, Mr. Rocelyn Reynolds,
Williams, Mr. D.T.H. Price, Mr. Alwyn Evans, Mr. G. Rees.
Middle Row (left to right) : Mr. and Mrs. Ewan Jones,
Mrs. I. Humphreys, Mr. D.R. Davies (Press Secretary),
Miss Valmai Morgan (Young
Teachers Secretary), Miss Nesta James (T.B.F. Secretary),
Mr. D.J. Bowen (Minutes Secretary), Miss Myra Bowen, Mr. Tom Morgan (Vice-President),
Miss Aerona Lewis.
Front Row (left to right) : Mr. Colin Lawrence, Mr.
David Samuel (Hon. Treasurer),
Miss E.A. Turner (President), Mr. Charles Morris, Mr. W.J. Jones (Former Hon.
Mr. Nick James (T.P.S. Secretary), Miss Sinah Thomas (Hon. Secretary).
(T.B.F. & T.P.S. stand for Teachers’ Benevolent Fund & Teachers’
Most of the teachers in the photograph were past pupils of either
the Boys’ or the Girls’ County Schools in Aberdare. David Phelps, Gwilym
Williams, D.T.H. Price, Ewan Jones, and Charles Morris taught at the Boys’ County
School at some point in their career. Sinah Thomas became deputy headteacher at
the Girls’ Grammar School. D R Davies, was headmaster at Llwydcoed, Valmai Morgan
taught at Ysgol Gymraeg, Nesta James, Gadlys Girls (?); D J Bowen, Blaengwawr
Junior (?); Aerona Lewis, headmistress at the Open Air School, Park Lane; Colin
Lawrence, Caradog; D H Samuel, headmaster Cwmdare; Nellie Turner, Aman Secondary;
Bill Jones, Gadlys Secondary; D.T.H. Price headmaster at Aman Secondary and Nic
James, headmaster at Abernant.
As far as is known, at the time of writing January 2020,
only Elfed Davies, former headmaster of Hirwaun School, and possibly Valmai Morgan,
(now Mrs Higgins), are still with us.
Thanks to John Samuel for help with this item.