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Notice of our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 6 March together with Society Officer/Executive Committee Nomination Forms and Membership Renewal forms also included.  Nominations forms to be returned by 1 January 2021.  

This year has brought into prominence Black and Mixed-Race People’s fight for equality and against prejudice in all walks of life and in all countries, and at the time of preparing this journal it is October, which has been designated Black History Month. Therefore we felt it appropriate to have some articles that can show how Black people have been living and working in Glamorgan. Jamie Baker has written of his mixed-race upbringing in Wales, Gerald Jarvis of the mixed-race brother he didn’t know he had, and Jeff Coleman writes of his Headmaster father’s school in Bute Town, Cardiff. Rhian Diggins tells of the infamous 1919 Cardiff Race Riots, and Sue Hamer has found some diary entries of William Thomas, an 18th century country schoolmaster, who relates the lives of his neighbours including a number who are overseas in the West Indies and off the coast of Guinea involved in the slave trade. Diane Brook gives us some of the situations encountered by Black people who have been living and working in Wales over the last hundred years, and there is a brief outline of where some of the famed Welsh industrialists obtained their wealth, with a very useful section on where to find out more. A linked subject has been Kath Rees’s submission about her Irish GreatGreat-Grandfather, and she gives a quote from an Irish Times article of 1997 urging the British Government to treat the Irish as an ethnic minority, and to ensure no discrimination. (I have never forgotten how, when I left the Rhondda Valley in 1961 as a teenager to seek my fortune in London, the notices I saw on the boarding houses and flats to rent - “No dogs, no Blacks, no Irish”). 2020 as we all know has been a horrendous year for many with the virus still at large and much fear for our families and friends and livelihoods. As has happened throughout the year, the various lockdowns seem to have inspired many to put fingers to keyboard and we have had some excellent articles, too many for this journal, so several are being held over. We could not miss, however, the last chance to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ending of World War II, and Barrie Jones writes part 1 of the exciting exploits of his father, and there is also a fascinating insight, little-known, into what the town of Barry was preparing to do should there have been an invasion. In addition an article on the Gronow family. The next Journal, due in March, and because it is the month of our patron saint, is being edited by Anna Brueton of the London Welsh Society, and we have some really interesting material from her members with excellent old photos. Until then, let us all join in wishing each other a brighter year for 2021, a healthier year, and a move into a more tolerant and understanding society for us all, regardless of race, creed, colour and gender.

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Cardiff & Vale Branch will be holding their Annual General Meeting online via Zoom on Tuesday 6 October at 7.30 pm. 

See link below to Eventbrite to register to attend the meeting.  

Cardiff & Vale Branch AGM & Presentation - "Online Resources" - 7.30 pm Tuesday 6 October

The short AGM will be followed by a talk on 'Online Resources'.

Members can download the AGM Reports Accounts from the Members Only Area:   Cardiff & Vale Branch Reports & Accounts


Although our Branch Meetings are still cancelled due to Covid-19 Restrictions Cardiff & Vale Branch are providing an Autumn Programme of Online Events.  

The first of these will be held on 1 September 7.20 pm with a talk by Jenni Phillips entitled:  Scrofula, Scarlet Fever & Sudden Visitations. 

Tickets are limited but can be booked via Eventbrite - see link below.

Tuesday 1 September at 7.20 Scrofula, Scarlet Fever& Sudden Visitations.  

On Saturday 5 September at 11 am we are also holding the first of our online Beginners/Brickwalls Sessions - Getting Started Online.   Click on link below to register for tickets - spaces are limited.

Saturday 5 September at 11 am - Beginners/Brickwall Session - Getting Started Online 

You can register via Eventbrite to receive notifications when further talks become available to book.  

The talks will be held on the first Tuesday in the month,  Beginners Sessions the first Saturday.  There will also be a 'Coffee and Chat' session on the third Thursday each month.  





Due to Covid-19 restrictions our Resource Centre at Aberkenfig is still CLOSED until further notice. 

However our volunteers are still available to help with Research and do Look Ups in our Society Records.  

You can send in your queries via our Virtual Help Desk

Please read the information about what resources we have access to.  

Members should also search our online indexes first to check  Baptism, Marriage, Burial and Memorial Inscription Indexes.  Members need to log in to view the indexes.

Also check our Parish/Location Coverage for each index.

Help and Brickwall Sessions are now also available monthly via Zoom - see our Events Section for details and how to join each session..



At the time of preparation for this edition of the Journal the lockdown is still in place, although easing slightly, but still restricting many people’s lives and activities. If there has been a positive side to this, it has shown itself in the amount of articles we have received! We have had so many that some are going to have to be held over until the next edition (the authors will be contacted), as we wanted primarily articles about Barry, so these have taken priority. Apologies are given to any disappointment about the delay if your article isn’t in this one, but it WILL go in the next if possible, and you are welcome to check up with me if you wish.

Talking of the next Journal: the other consuming news topic of the past 6 months has been the reaction to the apparently racially motivated riots in America, the UK and elsewhere, with its destruction and defacing of monuments and statues to an imperialist past. I mention this as, although we are not a political organ, we cannot ignore these concerns and feel that it is appropriate for the end of this year to ask for contributions to Glamorgan’s Black History. Therefore, if you have any Black, Asian, Mixed Race or ethnicity within your friends and family circles, please write in with your experiences, good and bad, whether in school, growing up, in the workplace, or socially, and if your experience is second-hand, ie you have observed how a BAME person is or was getting along, then please write about it.

Our Journal is lodged with the University of Wales, alongside all publications produced in Wales, and in many years’ time our journals will be the source of much useful information to students and researchers on how we, in the 2020s, have evolved our reasoning and response to racial inequality.

Meanwhile, if there is any Summer left by the time you get this, let us hope it is a more relaxing and safe environment in which to enjoy it - I know you will enjoy the multi-layered stories in this Journal.

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