ABGS Reunion: Golf Day & Dinner, July 31st, 2015
Unlike last year, the weather for the golf tournament was superb; warm and sunny but with a slight breeze to challenge the players when teeing off.
Later in the evening the players were joined by many more past students who met together in the bar before the dinner commenced. The event was organised by Richard Evans, son of long-serving teacher of geography, the late Mr Tom Evans.
A toast to the school and absent friends was proposed by Brian Morgan. He mentioned especially Philip Walters who had died some weeks previously, and who had been a stalwart of the Past Students Association for decades past.
Mark Davies, (ABGS 1972-80) Chief Executive Officer of Pro Rugby Wales spoke next and gave us his views on the Welsh game, its organisation and future. At the end of his talk he introduced the guest speaker for the evening.
The guest speaker was international rugby referee Nigel Owens. He gave a highly entertaining speech which touched on his experiences as a referee, the organisation of the rugby in Wales, and his experiences whilst at school. We also heard several anecdotes about his travels throughout the rugby playing world which have resulted from his status as an international referee. His after dinner speech was much appreciated by those present.
There were two prizes for the golf tournament players: one for
those who were members of Aberdare Golf Club, and therefore would have
an advantage, and one for visitors. The former was won by Rod Smith, and
and the latter by Steve Young.
Those who attended the Reunion Dinner were as follows, the year shown is the year
of entry to the school, where known.
* indicates that the person was a tournament player as well as a Dinner guest.
1930s : Del Davies 1938;
1940s : Lyndon Harries 1940; Stan Beynon 1944; Silas Davies 1944; John Parker 1944; Alan Williams 1947; Gareth Davies 1948; Victor Morgan 1948; Ray Evans 1948; Colin North 1948; Brian Gully 1948; Eddie Powell 1948; Peter Spragg 1948; Alwyn Millard 1948; Bob Matthews 1948;
1950s : Brian Messer 1954; Mel Jenkins* 1955; Robert Humphreys 1956; Viv Rees 1956; John Rivers 1956; Keith Nicholas 1956; Clive Richards* 1956; Gabe Treharne* 1956; Colin Rees 1957; Jeff R. Davies* 1957; Lynn Thomas 1957; Mike Jenkins* 1957; Richard Evans 1958; Gabe Servini* 1958; Phil Rees 1958; Stuart Summerhayes* 1958; Colin Morgan* 1958; Gwyn Evans 1959; Brian Morgan* 1959; David Forey* 1959; John Williams 1959;
1960s : Steve Isaac* 1960; Malcolm Prowle* 1960; Bill Pritchard* 1960; Brian Davies* 1961; Dave Bowen* 1962; Richard Codd 1962; Warren Davies 1962; Tom Williams* 1963; John Perkins 1965; Kevin Thomas 1965; Nigel Birdsall 1966; Paul Evans* 1966; Howard Davies 1966; Rob Owens 1967;
1970s : Steve Young* 1970; Mark Davies 1972; Robert Kern* 1975; Leighton Bryant* 1977; Matthew Lewis 1977; Rhod Smith* 1978; Mike Richards* 1978;
1980s : Julian Hill 1984; Barry John 1984; Neil Brown 1984; Gary Jones 1984; Ryan Stuckey* 1985; Darren Jones 1985; Ian Parsell* 1994.
Delfryn Davies and Mark Davies were not only past students but father and son also.