50 years ago

Extracts from the Barry & District

News of September 2, 1965:

The Merthyr Dyfan Garden Show and Fete is now so firmly established that. In spite of rain throughout this year's event - ironically the sun came when it had concluded - the sum of about £90 was raised.

The second of a three-stage modernisation of the Barry Dock Conservative Club, Station Street, has now been completed at a cost of £10,000 and the opening ceremony was performed by the president before a crowded audience on Friday evening.

The Rhoose Fete, on Saturday, is joint effort of the Penmark Village Centre and the Rhoose Parish Hall Committees.

The proceeds will be jointly shared between these two organisations, who are at present engaged in renovating the old Church School in the village of Penmark, which a few years ago was almost derelict, and building a Parish Hall in Rhoose.

What a pleasant change...to be able to report that Barry have made a good start to the football season. It is not merely a question of notching for pure points out of the first six, but the fact that the team is playing entertaining, skilful football which should bring the fans flocking back to Jenner Park.

At the latest count (taken on August 9) there was a total of 368 men unemployed in the Barry area, the Barry Labour Exchange reports. This compares with 327 for the month previous, an increase of 41.

But in the unemployment figures for women the position is slightly more encouraging. Here the figure at the last count stood at 108, as against the previous one of 111.

Distillers (Plastics) played only one game this weekend, on Sunday, and did well to win against a strong Tonyrefail team. On Monday the first annual single wicket competition was held most successfully.

On Sunday Plastics batted first and runs came slowly against an accurate Tonyrefail attack.