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Local NUT Executive Committee, 1970

In 1970 the National Union of Teachers, NUT, celebrated its centenary. A booklet was published by the local branch to mark the event, together with a photograph of the executive committee shown below.

(It was The National Union of Elementary Teachers that was founded in 1870. The union changed its name in 1889 to become the NUT.)

NUT Committee 1970

Back Row (left to right): Mr. Elfed Davies, Mr. Gwyn Roach, Mr. David Phelps, Mr. Rocelyn Reynolds,
Mr. Gwilym Williams, Mr. D.T.H. Price, Mr. Alwyn Evans, Mr. G. Rees.

Middle Row (left to right) : Mr. and Mrs. Ewan Jones, Mrs. I. Humphreys, Mr. D.R. Davies (Press Secretary),
Miss Valmai Morgan (Young Teachers Secretary), Miss Nesta James (T.B.F. Secretary),
Mr. D.J. Bowen (Minutes Secretary), Miss Myra Bowen, Mr. Tom Morgan (Vice-President), Miss Aerona Lewis.

Front Row (left to right) : Mr. Colin Lawrence, Mr. David Samuel (Hon. Treasurer),
Miss E.A. Turner (President), Mr. Charles Morris, Mr. W.J. Jones (Former Hon. Secretary),
Mr. Nick James (T.P.S. Secretary), Miss Sinah Thomas (Hon. Secretary).

(T.B.F. & T.P.S. stand for Teachers’ Benevolent Fund & Teachers’ Provident Society)

Most of the teachers in the photograph were past pupils of either the Boys’ or the Girls’ County Schools in Aberdare. David Phelps, Gwilym Williams, D.T.H. Price, Ewan Jones, and Charles Morris taught at the Boys’ County School at some point in their career. Sinah Thomas became deputy headteacher at the Girls’ Grammar School. D R Davies, was headmaster at Llwydcoed, Valmai Morgan taught at Ysgol Gymraeg, Nesta James, Gadlys Girls (?); D J Bowen, Blaengwawr Junior (?); Aerona Lewis, headmistress at the Open Air School, Park Lane; Colin Lawrence, Caradog; D H Samuel, headmaster Cwmdare; Nellie Turner, Aman Secondary; Bill Jones, Gadlys Secondary; D.T.H. Price headmaster at Aman Secondary and Nic James, headmaster at Abernant.

As far as is known, at the time of writing January 2020, only Elfed Davies, former headmaster of Hirwaun School, and possibly Valmai Morgan, (now Mrs Higgins), are still with us.

Thanks to John Samuel for help with this item.