50 years ago

Extracts from the Barry & District

News of September 10, 1964:

The Corporation has at long last taken the first steps to rectify what is probably the worst eye-sore in Barry – the western end of Gladstone Garden.

This area has been left in a dilapidated condition for years since it was decided not to maintain the tennis courts, and nearby residents have constantly expressed their indignation and wrath.

It is now proposed to revert to the original proposal – to set up a garden or blind people.

Barry Zoo, with its ever-increasing stock of wild animals has proved to be one of the most popular local attractions and an ambitious plan which is shortly to be put into operation should ensure that this popularity increases.

A course of 12 lectures on “Appreciation of the Countryside” is being organised by the Extra Mural Department of the University College of Wales, Cardiff, starting at the Barry Girls’ Grammar School.

Speaking at a meeting of the Cardiff Hospital Management Committee on Tuesday week, Barry’s Medical Officer of Health gave a warning that “chronic shortage” of medical staff at Barry Accident and Surgical Hospital might result in a cut in out-patient services.

Concern over the various types of receptacles used for rubbish bins was expressed on Tuesday week by Coun. William Beddis at a meeting of the Health Committee. “Many local authorities have a standard type of dust-bin,” he said, “and the task of refuse collector could be considerably eased if this system was introduced.”

As regards the quantity of fish taken, Barry Angling Society’s competition at Porthkerry Beach on Sunday, proved to be the most successful of the year.

Not only were the fish in greater quantity, but they were also of a larger size than is usual.

This year has been a very successful one for some members of Barry Camera Club.

At the Welsh Salon of Photography, 1964, several members had prints and slides accepted. From the Salon acceptance, prints and slides are selected as entries for the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain exhibitions which tour Great Britain until Christmas.