Society resumes its programme of talks in January

The Society is pleased to announce that its programme of talks will resume in January in a new venue, Ty Santes Fair, Compton Road, SA10 6BA and on a new evening – the last Friday of the month.  The programme for the first three months will be –

Friday 28th January  “Surnames”  speaker John Richards

Friday 25th February “Friendly Societies in the Area”  speaker David Michael

Friday  25th March  Annual General Meeting.

All meetings will start at 7pm, doors open from 6pm.

Face masks must be worn until seated.

We look forward to seeing all our members once again and resuming the Society’s activities.

Do not forget that on Friday, 26th November we have a Social Evening at Ty Santes Fair starting at 7pm, doors open from 6pm.

 

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Replacing Sir S T Evans’s plaque on his childhood home Saturday, 11th September

The plaque that commemorated the childhood home of Sir E T Evans at 40, New Road was replaced and unveiled by Leader of the Council, Arthur Davies, on Saturday 11th September in a short ceremony.

Not sure where 40 New Road is located –   next door to the old Barclays Bank, opposite the Bloom Inn.

Not sure who Sir S T Evans was and what was his claim to fame – read on –

SIR SAMUEL THOMAS EVANS 1859 – 1918

Samuel Thomas Evans was born in Skewen, May 1859, the only son of John Evans, a local
grocer, and Margaret Evans. After attending the Collegiate School at Swansea, he
proceeded to Aberystwyth College and took a London degree. He became articled at Neath
and qualified as a solicitor in 1883. He served on the town council at Neath and took an
active part in local politics. In 1890 he was returned to Parliament for Mid-Glamorgan,
which he represented continuously for the next twenty years. His abilities and his gifts as a
debater made him a prominent member of the Welsh Parliamentary Party. In 1891 he was
called to the Bar and he soon acquired a large practice on the South Wales circuit. He took
silk in 1901, being the last Q.C. to be created by Queen Victoria. In 1908 he was made
recorder of Swansea; in the same year he was appointed Solicitor-General. In 1910 he
became president of the Probate, Divorce, and Admiralty Division of the High Court. He was a G.C.B. and a member of the Privy Council. A modest man, he refused a peerage.
It was while presiding over the Prize Court during the First World War that Evans established his reputation as an international jurist of the first rank.

Through his wife Blanche’s friendship with Andrew Carnegie, Sir Samuel was able to secure the funding for the building of a library –Carnegie Hall on Evelyn Road – in Skewen.

S. T. Evans died 13 September 1918 and was buried at St John’s in Skewen. He was an
honorary Ll.D. (1909) of the University of Wales, and a freeman of Swansea and Neath.
There is a bust of him by Sir G. Frampton, R.A., in the Royal Courts of Justice and there are portraits at the Middle Temple and at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. After his death a fund was raised by public subscription to perpetuate his memory, and this was transferred to the University of Wales to establish the Sir Samuel Evans prize to be awarded annually to the best candidate in the faculty of law

 

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Society Social evening Friday, 26th November

After the disappointing news that a limit of just thirty people using room 1 at the Carnegie Hall meant we were unable to re-start our programme of talks,  we were delighted to be able to book provisionally Ty Santes Fair for Friday, 26th November at 7pm for a Social Evening – our first meeting since March 2020.

We hope all members will be able to attend but we need to confirm numbers, so please get in touch via our Society email address info@skewenhistoricalsociety.org.uk or telephone the Secretary Kitty Griffiths 01792 813651 or Chairman Anne Morgans 01792 813300.

We look forward to meeting again on Friday, 26th November.

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Mystery Photographs

We have a number of photographs in our archive that lack vital information – dates, names of people or places.   Please have a look at these  photographs – more will be added each week – and if you can provide any information please get in touch with us – see our contact page for details.

 

 

 

 

This week – 22nd March – we post the one hundredth photograph in our search for information on the photographs in our Archive.  A big thank you to all those who have supplied the names, locations and dates for so many of the photographs and for giving us information on local history associated with the photographs as well.  We are also grateful for the many photographs that have been donated to the Society over the past months.

 

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VE Day 1945 and 2020 in Skewen

The residents of Graham’s Terrace are shown celebrating VE Day in 1945.

Do you have any photographs of Skewen taken on May 8th, 1945?  If so, please share them with us so that they may be archived for future generations to look at and use for research.

If there are any celebrations in your street this year to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, and it is safe to do so, please take some photos and send them to us.

Here are the first photographs we have received for VE Day in 2020 –  showing how the residents of Pant y Sais, Jersey Marine celebrated, and how Picton Terrace, Wern  and Winifred Roads  decorated their houses.  Do you have photographs to share?

 

 

 

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Thursday night clapping for the NHS

Here are some photographs that were sent of the clapping on 9th April and 16th April.  Residents of Pant y Sais, Jersey Marine managed to combine the Thursday night clap with Easter bonnets on the 9th and balloons on the 16th.

Here they are on the April 23rd clapping photos and a resident on Hill Road, Neath Abbey has a novel way of thanking the NHS and care workers.

More photographs from Pant y Sais for Thursday, May 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.

 

 

 

 

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Lockdown Skewen images

The society asked you to send in your photographs of Skewen in Lockdown and here are the results:-

 

 

 

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Award from Tesco

We are delighted to confirm that the Society has been awarded a £1000 grant under the Tesco ‘Bags of Help ’ community funding scheme. Many thanks to all those who contributed to this success by choosing to vote for Skewen & District Historical Society with their blue shopping tokens.

The award will be used for the benefit of members – more details to follow.

The Society would like to thank Tesco for its inclusion in the scheme.

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What’s at the back of your drawer/cupboard?

With many of us facing a long period at home, perhaps now is the time to sort through those little used drawers,  cupboards and boxes to see if you find anything of interest for local historians.  It may be a photograph, document, map etc. which you could  scan and send to us now, or if you don’t have the capability to do that, just put the item to one side and pass it to any member of the Society when it is safe to make contact.

If sending photographs, please add as much information as you can – date, names of people shown, location, event.

Many people have traced their family history – do you have an interesting story you would like to share – we can publish it in our newsletter “Hanes”.

So search those drawers and cupboards and see what you find.

 

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Library opens in the Carnegie Monday, 9th March

Having closed at the New Road location on February 22nd, the library finally reopened in the Carnegie Hall this morning, 9th March.

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