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Newspaper Report of the 1935 School Christmas Eisteddfod.

from Elfed Davies

Christmastide Eisteddfod


Last week the staff of the Aberdare Boys’ County School reintroduced a new feature into the social life of the school. Up until a decade ago the Eisteddfod was an annual function that was always eagerly looked forward to, so it was decided this year to revive the practice of holding a Christmastide Eisteddfod.

The event (which was held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings), proved a great success. The scholars entered into the true spirit of the eisteddfod, and there was no scarcity of competitors. The boys could be heard busily at it rehearsing their solos, duets, quartets, and choirs on the days previous to the eisteddfod.

The eisteddfod president was Mr. W. Charlton Cox, M.A., head master. The conductors were Messrs. D. Timothy Davies, B.A., W.R. Williams, B.Sc., J.T. Bowen, B.A., W.R. Williams, B.Sc., J.T. Bowen, B.A., and W.E. Roberts, M.A., who executed their duties in true Llew Ogwy and Dyfnallt style.

The task of adjudicating was shared by Messrs. Mansel John, B.A., Mansfield College, Oxford (an old pupil), Geo. Jenkins (former head master Park School and a school governor), E. Ceredig Jones, B.A., E.J. Excell (sports master), P.E. Phillips, M.A., D.T. Davies, B.A., J.T. Bowen, B.A., W.E. Roberts, M.A., and W.R. Williams, B.Sc.

The accompanists were David John Lewis and Ralph Coppin.

The awards were :—

House Choral Competition : 1 Glyndwr (conductor Esmor John); 2 Dewi; 3 Llewelyn.

Quartette [sic], Tune from School Hymnal : Esmor John and party.

Solo, Form 1 : “Can y Fronfraith” : R.C. Evans

Open solo, any Welsh air : 1 Tom Jenkins; 2 R.C. Evans.

Reading music at first sight : 1 W.E. Jones; 2 Tom Jenkins.

Solo on any musical instrument : 1 Roy James; 2 tie between C.M. Davies and D.J. Lewis.

Solo on any Brass Band instrument : T. Bryn John.


Traethawd, “Goreu Llyw Dysg,” (the school motto); 1 Armael Thomas; 2 Emlyn Davies.

Essay in English, “Our School Motto”; Handel Davies.

Tri phennill, “Ein Hysgol” (“Our School”) : 1 E.T. Davies; 2 L.G. Price.

Translation into Welsh, Upper Forms : 1 D.D. Jones; 2 Evan T. Davies.

Translation into Welsh, Lower Forms : J. Penri Williams.

Junior Forms Recitation, “Gwenoliad” [sic] : 1 R.C. Evans; 2 T.E. Lewis and W.J. Morris (equal).

Adroddiad, “Yr Asyn” : 1 I.G. Price.

Recitation, “The Donkey” : 1 I.G. Price; 2 R.C. Evans.

Open Recitation : 1 Dowden, 2 I.G. Price.

Araith Gymraeg : “Cwyn Gwa” : 1 Iestyn Davies; 2 W.T.D. Jenkins.

Speech in English, “Welsh Collier” : 1 Elwyn Jones; 2 Emrys Walters.

Best Humorous Story : Iestyn Davies.

Best drama or sketch : Form VI Science (produc... followed by illegible).


Original cartoon : 1 Emrys Jones; 2 J.O. Jones.

Scene of local interest (pencil) : 1 Alwyn Williams and Peter Davies (equal).

Pencil group of kitchen utensils : 1 Emrys Jones; D. Thomas.

Design for Cover of School Magazine : 1 W.G. Richards; 2 Alan Capstick.

Printed Proverb : 1 Flook; 2 Batten.

Best Geometrical Design : 1 Royston Thomas and Raymond Mills (equal).

Design for Christmas Card : 1 A. Capstick; 2 Leslie Evans.

Spray of autumn flowers and berries : 1 Alan Capstick; 2 Emrys Jones.

Open Solo : Tom Jenkins.

Impromptu Speech (prize given by Mr. Aubrey Roberts, M.A.) : 1 Ray James and E.B. Williams (equal).

Parody, “The Donkey” (prize given by Mr. George Jenkins) : William Morgan.

After the eisteddfod, the pupils were each night supplied with refreshments.

Aberdare Leader, 28 December 1935

  1. The careers of Mansel John, Handel Davies, Emrys Jones, Elwyn Jones, and Alwyn Williams are outlined in the Former Pupils section of this website.
  2. David John Lewis and Ralph Coppin were both pupils at this time.
  3. ‘Llew Ogwy’ probably Rev Llew Morris, the National Eisteddfod conductor; ‘Dyfnallt’ probably Rev John Dyfnallt Owen, (1873–1956), both well known figures in the National Eisteddfod.
  4. ‘Glyndwr’ was one of the six School Houses that existed at this time. They were, with their colours: Llewellyn (Red); Caradog (Green); Glyndwr (Yellow); Penri (White); Tudur (Black) and Dewi (Blue). In January 1937, Caradog and Glyndwr Houses were abolished.
  5. Dowden, Batten and Flook were Roy Dowden (Godreaman), William Llewellyn Batten (Aberaman) and Thomas Flook (Abercwmboi) respectively.
  6. Alan Capstick of Aberaman became Dr Alan Capstick, MB, BCh, DPM, MD, FRCPsych, a Consultant Psychiatrist based at Whitchurch Hospital in Cardiff. He returned to school as guest of honour at the Certificate Ceremony in 1962.