1937 Free Press

January 8th – Early Morning Rider

Edwin Charles Morris, 20, Goytrey, motor driver, summoned for riding without lights at The Highway, New Inn. Morris pleaded guilty, fined 5s.
(This is my dad.)

January 15th – “Bizzy Bees” at Goytrey

On Thursday last the “Bizzy Bees” staged an excellent  variety programme in aid of Little Mill AFC at Goytrey. The “Bizzy Bees” have rarely been seen or heard to better advantage and the programme was enjoyed by everyone present.
All the artists were in excellent voice and whether in comedy or sketch, solo or concerted scene, their efficiency was always evident.
Mrs Jackson kindly lent the staging and the ladies who so kindly cared for the refreshments deserve special praise.
Mr Sobey, Goytrey, also kindly helped by placing everything necessary for the success of this venture conveniently to hand.

April 9th – Goetre Mawr Parish Council

A Meeting of the newly elected Council was held at Penpellenny School on Monday. Mr D Pugh Jones was re-elected chairman, and Mr Harold Stinchcombe vice-chairman.
There were present  Messrs D Pugh-Jones, H Stinchcombe, D H Morgan, W Morgan, R Logan, S Herbert, D Bowen, J Evans and J Williams (clerk.)
Mr D Pugh-Jones was appointed local manager for Mon. Group of Schools.
Arrangements were made for the Coronation celebrations. A tea will be provided for children attending Mamhilad and Goytrey Schools and parents will also be able to enjoy some refreshments. A Coronation mug will be presented to all the children who are under school age.
Mr R Hames of Goytrey House Farm, has kindly consented to place a field at the disposal of the sports committee and Captain LD Whitehead will provide a firework display.
The Council request that residents of Penpellenny will decorate for the celebrations.
The inhabitants of the district are requested to meet at Penpellenny School on Monday next at 7.30 p.m. to form a committee.

April 16th – Sunday Scholars Married at Aaron Goytrey

The marriage was solemnised at Aaron Baptist Church Goytrey on Sunday of Mr J Williams, third son of Mr & Mrs J Williams, High House, Goytrey and Miss M J Jones, Llantrisant, Glamorgan.
The bride, who  was given away by her brother, Mr W B Jones, was daintily attired in a fawn marocain two-piece with brown hat and shoes to tone. The best man was Mr Tom Williams, brother of the groom.
A number of presents included one from the Sunday school, of which both bride and bridegroom are faithful members.

April 30th – Garage Sign that Marred a Beauty Spot

Although there was no standard of rural beauty to guide them, Pontypool magistrates on Saturday decided that a gaily coloured garage sign, advertising motor-oil affected injuriously the view of the rural scenery from the Abergavenny – Pontypool Road.
Joseph Edwin Edgar (30)  was fined £3 for displaying the advertisement.
Joseph Edwin Edgar told the Court that the sign was erected ten years ago. It was blown down in September last and was replaced by the firm. The old sign was now lying at the foot of the new one and the inspector measured both.

April 30th – Sale by Auction

High House or Laswern, Goytrey
With frontage to the roadway, substantial stone built house, with two reception, three bedrooms, kitchenette, two gardens and pasture, with ample buildings and considerable fruit, including a number of young apple and pears, the whole having an area of about two acres.
Possession on Completion
Bunning and Russell will offer this property for sale by public auction at The Goytrey Arms on Friday the 21st day of May 1937 at 4.30 pm

May 28th – Mr Azariah Morgan

Death in America of Native of Goytrey
The Concoria Reporter, Kansas, USA records the death of Mr Azaraiah Morgan, son of Mr William and Mrs Martha Morgan, at his home near Hollis on April 22nd, at the age of 71 years, 7 months and 11 days. He was born at the Wern Farm, Goytrey, near Pontypool on September 11th 1862.
When 19 years of age he came to America, residing in Ohio two years, then he came to Cloud County in 1884, first locating in Lawrenceburg and in 1887 moved to the farm upon which he lived continuously until his death.
In 1885 he was united in marriage to Miss Alice Edwards of Newport, England, who preceded him in death April 16th 1904. To this union 5 sons were born: Arthur of Concordia; Clarence R of Clyde; Aza D of the home; Grant of Plainville and Charles E of Bloomfield, New Jersey.
He also leaves eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was one of a family of thirteen (eleven sons) of whom the following brothers survive to mourn his death: William of Guthrie, Okla; Jeremiah of Newark, New Jersey; and Thomas, Deci and David all of Goytrey, Mon.
Funeral services were held, Sunday afternoon at 2.30 at the Hollis ME Church.

May 28th – Goytrey

The Goytrey Conservative Association met on Wednesday at the School, Nantyderry. Mr J Hunter Little presiding. The following gentlemen were elected representatives of the North Monmouthshire Central Committee: Col Byrde, Mr J H Little and Mr Abraham Jenkins.

June 18th – Pontypool Petty Sessions

Not under control – Reginald James, 21, a Goytrey farm labourer, was ordered to pay 5s costs for not having his horse and cart under control in Mill Road, Pontypool.
PC Charles gave the facts and defendant pleaded guilty.

July 2nd – Goytrey Parochial Fete

Children’s Fancy Dress Parade and Country Dances.
In aid of the parish Church of St Peter, Goytrey, the annual fete, sale of work, etc., was held on Thursday last, in the picturesque grounds of Goytrey House, kindly lent by Mr ORA Byrde. It was organised by Mr W D Morgan, churchwarden and was a great success, some 200 people attending.
There were over 50 entries for the children’s fancy dress competition, for which Mr & Mrs Byrde were the judges and their awards were as follows.
Under 7 – 1. Doreen James, nurse; 2. Phyllis James, spanish soldier.
Under 14 – 1. Sylvia Wells, Soldier; 2. Sylvia Jones, John Peel.
Pairs: 1. Margaret Morgan and Joyce Herbert, Naughty Nineties and Nice Thirties; 2. Ruth and  Josephine Davies, Holly and Mistletoe.
Maypole and country dances were performed by the children of the parish who had been trained by Mrs W Swinnerton, assisted by Miss E Nicholas.
There were children’s sports and side shows, tea was in charge of a committee consisting of Mesdames H Gwatkin, J Rosser, J Owen, H Vimpany, G Jones, H Owen, W Morgan and I Dobbs.

August 6th – Defective Tyres

David Charles James 25, motor-lorry driver, Goytrey, pleaded guilty to using a motor-lorry with defective tyres at Llanvihangel Pontymoile, on July 17th, and John Charles Lewis, market gardener, Goytrey, to permitting the same to be so used, remarking that “it was quite an accident.”
PC Walbyoff stated that he saw James driving this lorry between the Turnpike and the ‘Horse and Jockey’ and stopped him. Three of the tyres were defective.
Lewis said he had two new tyres for the lorry but one of them had burst and he had to send it back. He was waiting for it to replace the old tyres but had to go to market with the stuff, with the old ones.There were new ones on the lorry now.
Each attended and were ordered to pay 10s costs.

August 27th – Pontypool Woman Savaged by a Bullock

Mrs Laura Cordy of the Yew Tree Inn, Trevethin, was savagely attacked by a young bullock at Goytrey on Wednesday.
Mrs Cody was visiting her father, Mr W Charles at Parc-y-brain Farm, and went alone into the orchard to pick blackberries. She had passed a group of cattle when the bullock suddenly ran towards her and lowering his head, charged her and knocked her down. She fell into a ditch and the animal continued to savage her with his head.
Mrs Cordy screamed but the house was to far away for her screams to be heard. She caught hold of the bullocks horns and was able to diminish the force of the attacks to some extent.
At length the bullock desisted and Mrs Cordy lay quiet in the ditch until he had moved away.
Extensive Bruises and Shock
She was taken home by Mr Reardon of the Goytrey Arms, suffering from extensive bruising and shock after her terrifying experience.

September 10th – Cyclist’s Mysterious Crash at Goytrey

Early on Monday afternoon two young men employed by Captain L D Whitehead at Goytrey Hall, were walking along the main Pontypool-Abergavenny road when they heard a crash.
Going back they found Howard Davies, sixteen year old son of Mr & Mrs Bryn Davies of Oriel Garn, Upper Goytrey, lying unconscious near his bicycle.
Abergavenny police were called and Davies was taken in the patrol car by PC Higgs to Abergavenny Cottage Hospital, he was suffering from concussion but regained consciousness on Tuesday night.

October 1st – Goytrey Timber Sale

Timber and coppice woods in the parish of Goytrey were sold by Messrs Newland, Hunt and Williams at Newport.
The sale was carried out on the instructions of Mr D L Whitehead, Goytrey Hall.
Oak timber trees numbering 261, 68 ash trees, 12 popular timber trees and about 28 acres of mixed coppice at Llwch wood Goytrey were sold to Messrs Henry Lewis & Sons, timber merchants, Usk, for £315
They also bought 177 oak trees and 30 ash trees at Wern Wood, Goytrey were also sold to Messrs Lewis and Sons for £255.

October 15th – Little Mill Dance for Goytrey Nursing Association

The first annual dance of Goytrey and District Nursing Association was held at Little Mill Public Hall on Thursday last and was attended by about 200.
Councillor Ivor Jones, Pontypool and Mr R H White, Pontypool Road, were the MC’s and music was provided by Austin Moreton and his Tyroleans, Cardiff.
Refreshments were provided by women members of the committee.

November 19th – Goytrey Man Hurt Whilst Wheeling Cider Home

Edward Morris of about 30 years of age, living at Glanbaiden, Penpellenny, Goytrey, was involved with a road accident on Tuesday night and was admitted to Pontypool Hospital suffering from concussion and head injuries. Yesterday (Thursday) his condition was reported to be unchanged. He spent a fairly comfortable night.
It appeared that Morris who is employed at Mount Pleasant Farm, Mamhilad, was returning home, wheeling a barrow, containing a barrel of cider, when, at about 8.30 pm, he was involved with a collision with a motor-car at the top of Pentwyn Hill.

November 19th – Mr Aaron John Rosser

The funeral of Mr Aaron John Rosser, late of Goytrey, took place last Thursday at Mamhilad. He had been ill for about 13 months.
Chief Mourners: Harry, Archie, Gerald, brothers; Messrs Jenkyn Davies, Bert Waters and Will George, brothers-in-law; John Rosser, uncle; Enoch and Jim Jones, Fred, Reuben and Eden Crump, cousins. The father was unable to attend due to indisposition.
The bearers were: J Bond, B Beaven, W Watkins and A Lloyd, W Morgan and H Foster, workmates.

December 3rd – Farmer’s Troubles

For allowing his pigs to stray on the Pontypool Road at Goytrey, Raymond Jones, 30, Great House Farm, Mamhilad, was fined 10s.
PC Germain said that when he told Jones of the offence, he said, “What again.”
In court Jones said, “I can’t keep the blooming things in, I looked for them all day Sunday and couldn’t find them.”

December 3rd – Rector Found Injured on Roadside

Between 7 o’clock and 7.30 on Saturday night the Rev Thomas John Richards, the sixty six year old Rector of Goytrey, was found lying seriously injured by the roadside about 200 yards from his home. It is believed that he was knocked down by a vehicle which did not stop after the accident.
The Rector was found by Mr David Price, a farmer, Sunny View, Goytrey, who was sitting in his house when he heard what sounded cries for help. He got out his motor-cycle, but had not ridden far when he came upon the Rector. Mr Price stopped a passing car and Mr Richards was conveyed to Pontypool Hospital.

Rector’s Injuries
He was found to be suffering from head injuries, compound fractures of both bones in the right leg below the knee and shock. He was too ill on Sunday to give any account of the mishap.
It appears the Rector had been seeing his son as far as the bus stop and when the latter had boarded the bus for Abergavenny, Mr Richards started to walk back to the Rectory. What happened afterwards is a matter of conjecture. The road at the point where the Rector was found is wide.
The police were notified and during Saturday night and Sunday they made every possible effort to trace the vehicle which had knocked the Rector down.

Broadcast Appeal
On Sunday the police sent out the following broadcast message:-
“Between seven and half-past seven on Saturday night there was an accident on the road near Nantyderry Railway Station, Goytrey, Abergavenny, when a man aged 66 was knocked down and seriously injured by a motor-car which did not stop.” Will any witness or anyone who can give information please communicate with the Chief Constable, Monmouthshire Constabulary.

Man Interviewed
On Monday, the Chief Constable (Major W R Lucas) and Superintendents A Cover and A Briggs, Abergavenny, interviewed a man at Llanover in connection with the affair.
Two of Mr Richard’s sons played Rugby for Pontypool in their game at Pontnewynydd earlier this season. Mr Richards has been Rector at Goytrey for about four years. He went there from St Luke’s, Cardiff.
Mr Richards was reported yesterday to be improving slowly.


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