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Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

Past Student Association History

Old School

A newspaper report of the Past Students’ Society presentation to
Mr & Mrs Jenkyn Thomas on their removal to London, 1905

Presentation to Mr and
Mrs Jenkyn Thomas.
At the Cafe Mona, Aberdare, on Thursday evening last, Mr and Mrs Thomas were entertained to dinner by the members of the Aberdare County School Past Students’ Society. The chair was taken by Mr Sam Shipton, and a large number of the past students were present. Justice having been done to the excellent repast supplied by Mr Caunt, the chairman submitted the “Loyal Toast,” which was duly honoured. Miss Winnie Roberts, B.A., in a few well chosen sentences then presented Mr and Mrs Thomas with a handsomely chased old English cake basket, bearing the inscription, “Presented to Mr and Mrs W. Jenkyn Thomas by the past students of the Aberdare County School, upon their departure from the town, August, 1905.” Mr A.H. Caldicott referred to Mr Thomas’s services as president of the Society. The toast of “Our Guest” was then received with great enthusiasm. Mr Thomas thanked the company for their kind words, and expressed the hope that this would not be their last meeting. He hoped to see the Society becoming yearly stronger in numbers and in influence. He then submitted the toast “Success to the Society,” which was replied to by the sec., Mr T. Flooks. Mr E.T. Hughes replied on behalf of the committee. The toast of “The Ladies” was then proposed by Mr T. Eynon Davies, B.Sc., and Mr W.J. Harries suitably responded. The rest of the evening was spent at progressive whist, the first prizes being won by Mr W.J. Thomas, M.A. and Miss Maud Manuel, and the booby prize going to Mr C.S. Reed.
Aberdare Leader, 9th September 1905