Every male over 18 not serving in the armed forces was required
to serve in the Home Guard, and after the fall of France it appeared
that these units might indeed be called upon to defend their
own communities, By 1942 the immediate threat of invasion had
The Log Book does not record which school was evacuated to Llawryglyn
but it is likely to have been a school from an urban area under
threat of bombing. One can only imagine the culture shock experienced
by town children brought away from their families to this remote
and largely Welsh-speaking valley.
The end of an era
In 1912 the school had 82 pupils but by 1947 the number had dropped
to 19. With the closure of the mines at Van and the decline in
agriculture, whole families had moved away. Finally after 100
years of education in the valley the school closed on July 13th
1972. Below is the final log entry
The entry reads:-
"Over a hundred people attended a meeting at the school
to mark the centenary and closure. Past pupils gave anecdotes
of their school days and sang and recited. Present day pupils
also gave items. Other speakers were Mr T.A.V. Evans, Director
of Education; Mrs Como, ex-Headteacher, and Mrs Thomas on behalf
of Trefeglwys School. The pupils were presented with inscribed
Testaments. Refreshments were supplied and served by parents,
staff and friends.
Presentations were made to the staff - Mrs G. Trow (Headmistress),
Mrs Ceridwen Bennett (Head Cook), Mrs May Brunt (Caretaker),
Mrs Ruth Ashton (Assistant Supervisor). The oldest ex-pupil present
was Mr Tom Bennett, aged 90, who entered the school in 1887.
With great regret I record today the closure of Llawryglyn C.P.
School. It was the first Board school in the county of Montgomeryshire.
Opened May 14th 1873. Closed July 14th 1972.
Signed G. Trow
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