50 years ago

Extracts from the Barry & District News of May 7, 1964:

• When County Ald Mrs Dorothy M Rees, chairman of Glamorgan County Council, arrived at Tabernacle Chapel, Barry, on Sunday afternoon for a civic service, she was greeted by a guard of honour of the county’s four uniformed services – and then a special guard of honour composed of children from the Welsh School, Barry. A congregation of nearly 600 occupied practically every seat in the church, and included members of the County Council, the civic heads of many authorities in Glamorgan, members and officials of Barry Town Council, many local teachers and representatives of local organisations.

• The recent spate of vandalism in the town has continued during the past week with senseless damage to flower beds at Victoria Park, Cadoxton. Someone broke into the park on three separate occasions last week and wrought havoc among the well-maintained flower beds, shrubs and bowling green.

• Crossway Methodist Church, the new church to be built on the corner of Crossways Street and Court Road, will cater for the congregations of the former Holton Road and Court Road Methodist Churches. Holton Road Church was sold and the site is now being used as part of a shopping development scheme while the Court Road Church is being demolished.

• The Barry Ladies’ Circle entertained the Loyal Order of Moose visitors from all parts of Monmouth and Glamorgan at Moose Hall, Court Road, on Wednesday week. Over 80 women were provided with an excellent tea, organised by the catering women of Barry. The visitors were entertained by the Barry Ladies’ Choir, conducted by Brother T Morgan and accompanied by Mrs M Ferguson on the piano.

• With over a year of the campaign left Barry is well on the way to achieving its target of £5,000 and the donations of £284 3s 9d acknowledged this week brings the total to over £4,240.

• Barry-born Graham Gear won the Welsh closed table tennis championship on Saturday when he beat G Davies (Pontypridd) 21-15, 15-21, 21-12. Davies had beaten another Barry player, George Evans, in the semi-final.