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- POLICE CALLED - SEVERAL HURT
(ABT.1959) RIVAL GANGS FIGHT IT OUT AT STATION
Western Mail Reporter
Boots and fists flew late last night as rival
gangs met on a railway footbridge at Llandaff North Station, Cardiff.
One gang, said to be from Taffs Well, caught the 11.5 train to Cardiff
and arrived at Llandaff where another crowd of youths from Western
Avenue Estate were waiting for them. As the train pulled in, the
Cardiff gang raced onto the footbridge shouting insults at young men
on the train. Women passengers stayed in the train as battle
broke out on the platform and on the bridge. All the men - about
20 altogether - were between the ages of 18 and 25. As the
battle became more violent, railway police and local police were
called. It is believed that the men from Taffs Well
were looking for two men from Caldy Road, Cardiff, and had come to
"sort them out." The local youths heard of their intention and
prepared a reception party for them. Several men were later
treated for black eyes, cut lips and damaged ribs, but no serious
injuries were sustained. The incident is the worst of its kind
so far along the valley line which is often the scene of hooliganism -
especially at weekends. The names of the two men were taken by
the railway police.
- THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES - YOU ARE IN OUR
On Thursday the funeral of
"Mr Boxing", otherwise known as Ken Pudge, was held at St Mary's
Church, Whitchurch. After the ceremony many of his friends moved
on to Thornhill Crematorium. Mr Pudge died peacefully on
September 29, at Llansdowne Hospital, Canton, and will be sadly missed
by his wife Doris, family and friends. One of his friends,
Sidney John Grimshaw, of Llandaff North, and ex-member of the Old Elyn
Boxing Club, Melingriffith, sent in this tribute.
Ken was known as the most smartly-dressed
gentleman in this area, highly respected, and to use an Americanism
"walked tall". In his retirement he made a regular habit of
visiting his friends in Whitchurch (rain, hail or shine) every
Tuesday, walking from his home in Llanishen to meet us "local lads"
outside the Plough Hotel. He enthralled us with his boxing
stories, mainly of his enjoyable stay in America, where he had the
pleasure of the company of the ex-champ Jack Dempsey and scores of
others over there in the pugilistic world. As a boxing referee
he was highly recognised and was "on duty" at the Commonwealth Games
in 1958. We "lads" of Whitchurch admired his quiet well
modulated voice (never a swear word) as all will agree - such names as
Tom Carrol - Bert Bladen - Harry Williams - Tom Saunders to mention a
few, all entranced with his grand company. On behalf of all the
"Boys". "Thank you Ken for your outstanding memories" Always in
our thoughts R.I.P. dear friend.
Sydney John Grimshaw, Llandaff
PRAISE FOR POWELL
Most cities honour their famous sons in some way or
another, yet Cardiff, or more precisely, Whitchurch, has a son whose
fame was and remains international wherever musicians come together to
play. He was a prolific composer whose work spans mood and style
effortlessly, yet his original work lies neglected. I refer to
the man known affectionately as "The Welsh Sousa" - T J Powell.
For those who don't know the name, T J Powell is one of the greatest
British composers of brass music, ranking alongside Rimmer, and was,
for many years, conductor of the once great Melingriffith Band.
Isn't it time that we DID honour him? And isn't it time that we made a
serious effort to collate and restore his music?
Peter Sunman, Cardiff
- CHILDREN SCORE IN FOOTBALL QUIZ (MAY 12th
1998 SOUTH WALES ECHO)
Hawthorne Junior School in Llandaff North got the chance to pit their
wits against each other in a quiz run by Cardiff City Football Club.
More than 70 children took part in mixed-class teams in the football
and general knowledge quiz, organized by the club, which held football
training sessions in the school earlier in the term. Head
teacher Geoff Cresswell said the day had been a great success. "It was
very enjoyable. We have a wide variety of links with businesses and
organisations in the area," he said. "This link with the club is
a very positive one and makes the children appreciate their city
more." Children from the winning team said they had enjoyed the
quiz. Katy Taylor, 10, said: "Some parts were hard and others
were easy. I really liked the questions about other countries."
Joshua Abdullahi, nine, added: "It was really good fun and I really
liked it because it was about football." Club coach Dave Hill
said: "We want to keep a link between the club and schools in closed
sessions and make them aware of the professional football club in the
city. "The children responded very well and really enjoyed
themselves. We were very impressed by their enthusiasm."
The winning team will go on to compete in an Interschool quiz
competition to be held by the club this July.
- LOLLIPOP WOMAN RECEIVES MBE FROM PRINCE
CHARLES (MAR 1, 2003)
South Wales Echo
It was a typical rainy day in Cardiff and Margaret
Higgins should have been helping the children of Birchgrove Primary
cross the road safely. But yesterday
was anything but ordinary for one of the city's longest-serving
lollipop ladies. Instead of braving
the elements like she has done for the past 30 years, she was being
presented with an MBE by Prince Charles at an investiture ceremony at
Cardiff City Hall. And the 71-year-old
from Whitchurch said: "I was frightened to death, but Prince Charles
was really nice and very friendly. "He
also asked whether the people I worked with were nice to me and
whether I liked them. Of course, I said yes."
Mrs. Higgins cycles from home to her crossing on Merthyr Road,
near the Three Horseshoes pub, every morning and afternoon. She says
she will stay at her crossing for as long as she can because she loves
working with the children. "They are
lovely and were really excited about me meeting Prince Charles," she
said. "I will have to take the medal in to show them."
- NEW PRIMITIVE CHAPEL - LLANDAFF YARD
Western Mail 1877
Owing to the energy and perseverance of some of the
leading members of the connextion of the district, a comfortable new
chapel has just been completed in Llandaff Yard, and was on Sunday
opened with religious services, which were numerously attended. The
Rev. P. Maddocks (Cardiff) preached in the morning; the Rev. David
Evans B.A. (Whitchurch) in the afternoon; and the Rev. James Lee
(Cardiff) in the evening. The chapel, which has been built for the
congregation by Mr. Amos Brown, Cardiff, is still £100 in debt, and
the collections at the different services were in aid of the building
fund," Two of the three Circuit
ministers were involved in the celebration services on Sunday 25th
November 1877, and it was the third minister appointed in the Cardiff
Circuit who was given pastoral charge of the new society. The Rev.
James Watkins remained in pastoral charge at the Llandaff Yard society
in its infant stages until the year 1880. During these early years,
the society at Llandaff Yard was supported by a number of notable
citizens of Cardiff. Among them were Alderman Joseph Ramsdale and
Alderman Robert Bird, along with members of the Cory family who then
lived in Cory House, to the North of Whitchurch in the area now known
as Coryton, where the current manse is located. The
history of the Llandaff North society is strongly connected with the
establishment and development of the Sunday School, to which the
chapel owes its existence. By the time Coplestone Road chapel was
opened in 1877, there had been Sunday School work in Llandaff Yard for
some 15 years. This had been organised by members of Rev. Philips
Maddocks' Canton society in the office of the Melingriffith Tin Works.
- COW AND SNUFFERS, LLANDAFF YARD
The Cow and Snuffers was built c1812 by a local
landowner in the Gabalfa area, his name was Sir Robert Lynche-Blosse,
it is said the Cow and Snuffers was named after his Irish ancestors
from the Irish language "An cu Ar Sndmh", meaning "The Swimming Dog".
Legend has it that, Benjamin Disraeli visited the Cow and Snuffers while he was
courting his dead friends girlfriend Mary Ann Lewis of Greenmeadow,
Tongwynlais. A carved stone bust of Disraeli can still be seen
under the window at the front of the building.
- WHITCHURCH BOYS SCHOOL
Letter to the Cardiff Independent 1990, From
Robert Lorenzo Llewellyn Boyes
The Yesterday photograph was
taken 59 years ago. It's of my then class comrades and myself at
Whitchurch Boys School. I was born in Foreland Road, Whitchurch
on June 30, 1923. Shortly afterwards my parents moved into the centre
of Cardiff where I attended my first school Gladstone School, Cathays.
Last year I wrote to the School's headmaster for some details about my
early school years but unfortunately I never received a reply - I'd
love to know if the school still exists. In 1928 my parents
moves back to Whitchurch where we lived with my great grandmother in
Penlline Road where she had a private maternity home. It was
while I lived there that I attended Whitchurch Boys School. In
October 1931 we moved back to Cardiff where I attended Adamsdown
school. From Cardiff I moved to Bristol and then in 1963 moved
to Denmark. My aunt, Thelma Taylor of Arles Road, Ely sent me a
cutting from the Cardiff Independent and I thought some of your
readers would be interested in my
Anyone remembering me from the 1930's would know me as Lorenzo Boyes.
I look forward to seeing this photograph in the Cardiff Independent
and would be more than delighted to hear from any school chum.
- WHITCHURCH ROAD SWEEPER WINS MBE (NOV 2000)
A Cardiff road sweeper has
received his MBE from the Queen after travelling to Buckingham Palace
in style. A city chauffeur hire company stepped in to make sure
that 64-year-old Brian Richards was able to travel to the ceremony,
after he feared rail disruption would prevent him from going. He
received the honour in recognition of the 26 years he has spent
keeping the streets of Whitchurch clean and tidy. A local
company, Chauffeur Drive, stepped in and offered to take Mr Richards
to his royal audience in style. The firm chauffeured him to
London on Monday to stay in a hotel overnight and put their Mercedes
at his disposal for a spot of sightseeing all day on Tuesday.
A delighted Mr Richards said: "It wasn't really that I couldn't afford
the train fare - I was worried that the train might not arrive on
time." "Normally we transport famous people," said Geoff
Tree of Chauffeur Drive. "But I think it is so wonderful that
Brian is being recognised that we are only too happy to help him meet
the Queen." For Mr Richards, who is due to retire from
road sweeping next year, the offer of a lift to London is a dream come
true. "I'm very chuffed," he said when told of the news.
"I had been thinking I wouldn't be able to get there."