I’m afraid he died about 10 years ago. It was an enormous funeral. Penydarren church was packed and people were all standing outside. There were hundreds there. He was ok and a fair person too. But he could give you one hell of a whack with his cane. I only had it once, and once was enough too ha ha His son owns Pizza Time in Merthyr
Yes! He’s still around and I often pop into him in town and we have a chat. He’s a very nice person. What one would call a GENT! Ha ha His interest in art, was a bit British 40/50ish Lowery for my liking, but he was ok.. I don’t think he ever caned anyone either.
I LEFT SCHOOL IN 1958 HE WAS ADIRTY MONGREL b*****d,I JOINED HIS CAMERA CLUB AND HE PUT THE HARD WORD ON ME,ALSO MY MATE ? WALKED INTO HIS DARK ROOM AND CAUGHT HIM CHOCKERS WITH HIS FAVOURITE BOY BOY IN OUR CLASS WHOs NAME WAS J W THE b*****d SHOULD HAVE BEEN BURNED AT THE STAKE KEN
I was speaking of Richard Penry the history teacher. He was ok. Very strict, but nevertheless ok. He caned me once, and once was enough too ha ha The other person I was speaking about was Mr. Barnes the art teacher. He was extremely nice, and a real gent. Always had time for you and especially if you had an interest in art. His father Mr. Barnes senior, used to have a sports shop in Castle Street opposite where the bus terminal is now. You could get anything there. Guns, 12 bore etc, air rifles, fishing rods the works. It was like an Aladdin’s cave. Every kid loved going there, but you had to behave or out you went. Anyway as I was saying I often bump into Mr. Barnes, and he always tells me to use his first name, but somehow I cant.. Last time I saw him I was with my daughter who is in art college and he give her a lot of advice. He was ever so helpful and my daughter who is 17 thought he was extremely nice too. But then he always was. NOT like that b*****d Morgan science. If boys came forward and told the authorities what he did, there would be an investigation for certain…
I am looking for any pupils that went on the school trip to Austria in 1963 I believe. I can remember quite a lot of boys who went. Graham Cushion, Jeffrey Evans ( ?) Someone called Parrot. There was Challenger I think. Phillip Fly possibly Alan Jones? I’ll write more names as the come to me. It was a BRILLIANT trip, with the exception of some b*****d who stole money. We all knew who did it, even the teachers, but it couldn’t be proved. I saw that b*****d about 5 years ago and he didn’t look too prosperous, so crime didn’t pay in his case. I would love to hear from anyone who went and if they have any photographs. I did bump into Graham Cushion and asked him if he had any, but he didn’t. The teachers that took us were Richard Penry history teacher and the Geography teacher and I can’t recall his name. It was something Davies…
Hi, Sorry no. The person that I am referring to would be 58 now, and the trip was 1963 and he lived in Dowlais. His mother was Peggy and she own a cloths shop which was very popular on the corner of Dowlais high street..
You mean to tell me he was at it in 1958? How did he get away with it for so long? The b*****d was quite evil and sick.. If the Merthyr authorities knew, then they covered it up well. I can’t understand why someone hasn’t sued the local authorities for the abuse and damage he caused to many boys.
I went to Gellifaelog Secondary in the late 50's early 60's and remember the teachers referred to above. I remember the sticks they used as punishment as we were a bunch of idiots in those days who loved to upset the teachers so that we would get the stick en masse. The science teacher had a Charlie Chaplin type which he used to keep oiled to make it supple. Mr Pendry had a short thick one as did Mr Davies Maths. D T Davies was a gent but even he had a stick and pieces of chalk. Dick Pendry was a nice bloke although strict and Mr Davies Geography was also a good fellow. The PE Teacher Mr Eynon? used a board rubber dap or whatever came to hand. Mr Beynon was the Headmaster.I think his Brother died in the Aberfan Disaster. I think Gellifaelog was the only school in Wales that didn't teach Rugby as Mr Eynon was from a football background,much to my annoyance in later life. We played football on The Bont which was made from ash which I think came from the iron works originally. Many a battle we used to have with the Catholic School opposite and particularly when it snowed as we had the higher ground. Does this bring back any memories?
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I went to Gellifaelog school in 59 from Dowlais Central .Mr Beynon was the art teacher and became headmaster when Mr Chapman retired . I went on the school trip to London, and we went to the theater to see the crazy gang . Mrs Cushion had her shop on the corner of North St and Ivor St ,I think she then opened a shop on the Gurnos Estate . I believe her son became a hairdresser and had shop in Merthyr
I left the boys school in 1969. Some of the boys who were in my class were Paul Williams,Roger Hawkins, Eric Ashley, Paul Onslow. I must have been naive because I have been shocked at some of the comments about "Morgan science". The teacher I most remember is Mr Davies R.E. he taught a load of us Italic writting and in every job interview I have had there was always a comment about my hand writing and infact one of the jobs I had was because they were impressed with the way I completed the letter of application. All Thanks to Mr Davies R.E. In 1969 about 50 boys left that year and everyone of us had a job to go to, not like today where there are no jobs for our young people.
Looking at Gelli. school site that I started with tongue in cheek I have realy been chuffed at the response from so many of you, so thanks to you all. At the same time,I am so disappointed that no one, who was at the school in my time have responded . From junior school 1934-1940 to Sec. Mod.1940-1943. I have found my computer to be good company, introducing me to many people.Wishing you all well M.H