John Thomas Bowen, “Jack”, was a member of the Aberdare
Golf Club, and in 1950 he was installed as club president. Few boys in the school
realised that he had this ‘other life’ and that he enjoyed being on the golf course
Jack Bowen was one of the longest serving members of staff at the school. He completed
exactly 40 years at Trecynon serving under five of the eight headmasters
from 1918 to 1958. Although a Carmarthenshire man, Mr Bowen remained in Aberdare
after he retired, but enjoyed just six years of his retirement
before he died in 1964, aged 71. He lived with his wife Marjorie,
née George, in Plasdraw Place, bringing up two sons John and Kenneth.
Below you’ll find the original Aberdare Leader, 24 June 1950, press
report, and a transcript of it.
The annual meeting of the Aberdare Golf Club, held
on Tuesday week, was well attended. The president, Mr Edward Davies, was in the chair,
supported by the vice-president (Mr. J. T. Bowen). The other officers were Mr. A.
L. Hodge (captain), Mr W. P. Naish (vice captain), Mr. W. R. Davies (chairman of
management committee), Mr. C. W. Jones (treasurer), and Mr. D. W. Evans (secretary).
The president in opening the meeting, referred to the recent death of Mr. William
Edwards, Lloyds Bank (at one time treasurer of the club), and Mr. A. F. Good (veterinary
surgeon), a member. He went on to congratulate Division 2 on their success during
the year; Coun. Peter Egan (a member), on his success at the poll; and Mr. Spencer
Bird on his appointment as High Constable. He was sorry to report that Mr. D. W. Evans,
who had been their hon. Secretary for 27 years, was obliged to resign for health
reasons. They all sincerely hoped that he would recover soon. A ballot to appoint
his successor would be held later that evening. He had now great pleasure in moving
that the vice-president, Mr. J. T. Bowen, be elected president. Mr. Hodge seconded
and this was carried with acclamation.
Mr. Bowen responded and moved a warm vote of thanks to the retiring president.
Mr. W. R. Davies seconded and Mr. Edward Davies responded.
New vice-president Mr. Tal Williams, Plasdraw, who acknowledged.
Mr. Hodge (retiring captain), moved that the vice-captain Mr. W. F. Naish, be
elected captain. Mr. Naish acknowledged and moved a vote of thanks to the retiring
captain. He appealed for the effort of members during his year of office.
Mr. W. R. Davies proposed the re-election of Mr. C. W. Jones (hon. treasurer),
Mr. D. L. Williams (hon. auditor), and Col. T. M. Phillips (hon. solicitor). Much
to his regret he was unable to include the hon. secretary.
This proposition was unanimously agreed to.
Mr. Bryn Davies voiced the thanks of the meeting to all the officers for their
good work during the year. He included Mr. and Mrs. Rees, their daughter, and Idwal,
the steward. They all regretted very much the illness of their pro, Mr. David E.
Rees, and hoped that he would soon be well again.
Elected on the committee, Messrs. Edward Davies, W. Howell Davies, Coun. P. Egan,
D. W. Evans, W. G. Protheroe, Aubyn Roberts, Tom Winfield, Mansel Williams and Leyshon
As announced last week a ballot was held for a new secretary, and Mr. Cyril E.
Edwards was elected.