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Alumni Reunion 2014

Alumni from Trinity College were welcomed back to the Carmarthen Campus during the first weekend in September this year. It was great to see former students from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80 all enjoying each other’s company in the Merlin restaurant, Halliwell centre.

Carmarthen Reunion 2014

Guests enjoyed a drinks reception followed by an exceptional evening meal sourced from local produce. Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Provost of the Carmarthen campus welcomed all back to the campus and  noted the significant changes that have occurred during the last 10 years and outlined some of the exciting plans for the future across the University’s campuses in Carmarthen, Lampeter, Swansea, Cardiff and London.

The guest speaker, Cllr. Peter Hughes Griffiths who himself studied at the Carmarthen campus between 1958 – 1960 and who is also a former member of staff and an Honorary Fellow, entertained the audience with  stories about University life through the decades and picked out some points of note from the annual magazine Y Derwydd.   The reference to strict rules and regulations adhered to by the students of the 50’s and 60’s was a stark reminder of the changes that have occurred here over the years.

It was great to see a number of the first ever female students to have studied at the campus present at the re-union once again along with couples who first met during their time at the college. It was evident that no matter what era they studied at the college, their time at Trinity was fondly remembered. It was also pleasing to welcome many students from 1983 who attended the reunion for the first time and who are already planning on attending next year with even more of their peers.

Saturday evening concluded with many guests continuing the celebrations in the student accommodation. A few of our oldest guests gave the younger alumni a run for their money, partying into the early hours to round off what had been a reminiscent and thoroughly enjoyable trip down memory lane for all.

On Sunday guests joined College Chaplain, the Revd Ainsley Griffiths for a service in the chapel followed by Sunday lunch in the Merlin restaurant.   

The annual reunion will be held in early September again next year. Why not think about starting to organise a group of your former classmates now to attend the reunion together in 2015?   ‌

Carmarthen Reunion 2014

Pictures: Alumni from the 1980's.

Alumni Reunion 2008

A stained glass window has been installed at Trinity’s College in memory Norah Isaac, one of the most renowned mentors of Welsh education and culture.  The window, designed and built by Carmarthen artist Gareth Morgan, depicts the history of the Christian faith in Wales and focuses upon some of the key individuals linked to that history.  “The College was keen to note Norah Isaac’s remarkable contribution not only to Trinity College but also to Wales” said Principal Dr Medwin Hughes.  “The window is a fitting tribute to her as it portrays those people who were important to her and whose contribution to the Christian faith in Wales defined Norah’s life”.

Yr Hybrach Alun Evans, Dr Medwin Hughes, Y Parchedig Ainsley Griffiths, Gareth Morgan, Mrs Selina Jones, Peter Hughes Griffiths a'r Parchedig Lyn Rees.

Picture:  The Venerable Alun Evans, Dr Medwin Hughes, Revd Ainsley Griffiths, Gareth Morgan, Mrs Selina Jones, Peter Hughes Griffiths, and Revd Lyn Rees.

Artist Gareth Morgan was chosen to design and make the window in the same style as his previous work to commemorating the famous Black Book of Carmarthen, which can be seen in the College’s chapel.  He said “. . . I chose to deal with the theme by devising a ‘collage’ of symbolic elements together with significant figures connected with the rise of Christianity in Wales. I have created a contrast between detailed painted surfaces with ‘clear’ ones, between translucent pieces that have been sandblasted and antique glass that glimmers in its transparency.

He said “As a decorative element to unite the panels, I have used patterns that have been inspired by the rood screens that typify early abbeys and churches of Wales that have survived in many places.  It was also my intention that elements of the window could imply growth as they reach out from a narrow tree trunk from the bottom. The transparent surfaces allow us to glimpse at nature outside and draw them into the window. These surfaces also allow present College people, as well as future ones, to ‘reside’ in the window and share its message.”

The window was consecrated in the College’s Ante-chapel during the former students’ reunion weekend by the Venerable Alun Evans, Archdeacon of Carmarthen.

Norah Isaac was famous as an author, drama producer and was also the first head teacher at Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth in 1939. As well as one of the most eminent figures in Wales’ drama and literary world, she was an important figure in the Eisteddfod and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the National Eisteddfod in tribute to her life long service.  She established the first ever Welsh Drama Department in Wales at Trinity, setting the foundations for a flourish tradition in the performing arts at the College.  Amongst her former students are Cefin Roberts, Artistic Director of ‘Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’, who can also be seen conducting Ysgol Glanaethwy in the BBC’s Last Choir Standing Competition, and Peter Hughes Griffiths, a former member of staff and who is an Honorary Fellow of the College.

During the evening meal, the Revd Eldon Phillips talked about Trinity’s rugby history with special mention to our greats, amongst whom are the late Dewi Bebb who came to College as a student fifty years ago, and Barry John - quite possibly one of the greatest players the game has ever seen. Both won their first caps for Wales whilst studying at Trinity College.  Lynn 'Cowboy' Davies and Horace Phillips were two of the greats that managed to be present during the evening. Dewi Bebb's widow, Morwen and her two sons, Gareth and Siôn, were also present.  Eldon, a former student and member of staff, is currently the Scarlets RFC chaplain and press officer for the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon. Peter Hughes Griffiths spoke on behalf of the Principal who could not attend. He talked about Dewi Bebb and how Norah Isaac thought of him as a favourite due to his great literary father Ambrose Bebb. He also said that even though that she didn't like rugby, when Dewi won his first cap for Wales, she attended with great pride.

Dewi Bebb

Picture:  Dewi Bebb

It was a splendid evening where many great memories were shared between all present.

The date for the reunion weekend next year is 11-13 September.

Report by Gwen Harris (née Morgan)

14 May 2008

Gwen Harris (Morgan gynt), Jean Parry-Williams (Morgan gynt), Awen Harries (Jones gynt), Morfydd Morgans (Evans gynt)

A few years ago, three from the first girls at Trinity in 1957 – Mercia Thomas (née Davies), Gillian Jenkins (née Gravell) and Gwen Harris (née Morgan) – started meeting once a year in Carmarthen.  By now, this small group has increased and meet twice a year.

Picture: Gwen Harris (Morgan gynt), Jean Parry-Williams (Morgan gynt), Awen Harries (Jones gynt), Morfydd Morgans (Evans gynt)

On 11th April twelve came together at the Ivy Bush Hotel – some came from Carmarthenshire, some from Cardiganshire and one from Swansea.  It started with a coffee and a chance to catch up on the latest news especially with reference to fellow past students who were in touch with someone or who are living in the area.

Then a chance to reminisce over a meal with some photographs from College between 1957 and 1959 that comes in handy when you’re trying to put a face to a name that may not be as familiar as usual or that doesn’t come to mind.

After the success of last year’s alumni reunion at Trinity, the group has decided to meet at Trinity next September rather than meet somewhere else in Carmarthen next October as usual.

Mercia Thomas (née Davies) was thanked for organising the room in the Ivy Bush Hotel once again.  The group left feeling younger by fifty years after a few hours of laughing and reminiscing about the happy days spent at Trinity in the 1950s while looking forward to meeting even more friends in the annual reunion in September.

Sheila, Gloria, Jean, Catherine, Gwen, Jean, Mercia, Georgina, Morfydd, Jean, Awen, Gill

Picture: Sheila, Gloria, Jean, Catherine, Gwen, Jean, Mercia, Georgina, Morfydd, Jean, Awen, Gill

Georgina Thomas (née Davies), Gill Jenkins (née Gravell), Mercia Thomas (née Davies), Gloria Davies (née Gunning)

Picture: Georgina Thomas (née Davies), Gill Jenkins (née Gravell), Mercia Thomas (née Davies), Gloria Davies (née Gunning)

Jean Jones (née Jenkins), Jean Thomas (née Lloyd), Sheila Evans (née Thomas), Catherine Ramage (née Williams), Georgina Thomas (née Davies)

Picture: Jean Jones (née Jenkins), Jean Thomas (née Lloyd), Sheila Evans (née Thomas), Catherine Ramage (née Williams), Georgina Thomas (née Davies).

 

1957 Students get together again

21 April 2008

Report by Constance Eileen Edwards (neé King)

Myfyrwyr 1957

The restaurant of the Golf Club in Monmouth seems to have become the regular venue for the annual lunch for Trinity students of 1957-59. As usual, it was extremely noisy, with lots of laughter and catching-up on the events of the year. Anyone from the period is invited to join in and can contact Marjorie Parsons, nee Yates, through the alumni office for the date next year. Several people were unable to attend and apologies were received from Irene Lau, Pat, Daphne and Mary Rose. Everyone sent their good wishes to Irene, who has been very seriously ill but is fighting an awesome battle bravely, going everywhere and doing everything.

Most had attended the Alumni Association weekend at Trinity last September that Gwen had made successful by her considerable efforts to locate and persuade ex-students to attend. As promised we put together some comments that we hope will encourage even more ex-students from all years to come to the next event. People preferred to maker their comments anonymously, as they could be more spontaneous.

“The atmosphere was terrific and the food excellent.”

“It was lovely to meet people we had not seen since student days, especially some who had come long distances and said they wished they had become involved before”

“We loved the big displays of photographs – could have spent hours looking at them.”

“The idea of putting fifty candles on the altar in chapel was beautiful and it was spiritually uplifting to be reunited in the Eucharist on Sunday.”

“It was amazing how people were recognisable after so long and how little people’s character had changed.”

“The development and rebuilding of the College is remarkable, though I would have liked to see some of the older lecture rooms.”

As regards future years, it was felt that as much time as possible should be allowed for informal socialising. Most are happy to just talk and catch up with old friends. At such events, everyone seems to revert so it is quite a rejuvenating experience.

Myfyrwyr 1957

Many felt that no individual students should be celebrated in particular at what is essentially an informal event, as it is impossible to know what some have done quietly, while those with a public persona tend to be feted. We felt it was the College itself as a corporate body that should recognise and reward all the achievements of past students in many spheres. I deliberately avoided mentioning any individuals in my after dinner remarks in case anyone felt unrecognised.

Everyone particularly enjoyed the Saturday evening dinner and felt that in subsequent years, as later students came for the whole weekend, we would continue to attend the Saturday evening events at year tables.

It was felt that Owain and Eleri had done well to get the association up and running and there were many appreciative comments about the hard work that had gone into making the weekend such a success. Many also complimented the chef.

Many of our year were already meeting fairly regularly and we hope that other groups will get involved. There must be other “cells” around the country and their involvement should make the annual alumni weekend grow from year to year.

Alumni Reunion 2007

Merched 1957 gyda Is-Gadeirydd Cyngor Y Coleg, Dr John Walters a'r Prifathro Dr Medwin Hughes.

On the 15 and 16 September, a reunion weekend was held at Trinity College to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of female students at Trinity in 1957.

On Saturday, a fantastic day was enjoyed by all, blessed with glorious weather. The weekend’s proceedings started with a buffet lunch in the company of Carmarthen Town’s Mayor. The young Mayor warmly welcomed the pioneering women of 1957 back to Carmarthen with a light hearted poem that compared the ages.

Dr Mererid Hopwood gydai gwr Mr Martin Hopwood

At 2.00pm a service to remember 1957 was held in the College Chapel led by the College Chaplain, The Rev. Ainsley Griffiths. Readings were read by Mrs Sue Davies, Head of Education Studies and Social Inclusion and a past student of Trinity and Principal Dr Medwin Hughes. A musical recital was splendidly delivered by Miss Carys Davies, a second year student, under the guidance of her tutor and accompanist Mr Euros Rhys Evans. The service was followed by an extraordinary convocation to confer honorary fellowships upon Dr Mererid Hopwood and Mr Peter Hughes Griffiths for their contribution to the College and the wider community. Dr Mererid Hopwood was presented with her fellowship by the coordinator of the Creative Writing course Ms Menna Elfyn, also an Honorary Fellow of the College; and the Director of Student Services, the Rev. Tom Evans presented Mr Peter Hughes Griffiths. Greetings were given by the Vice Chair of the College Council, Dr John Walters.

Mr Peter Hughes Griffiths gydai wraig Mrs Meinir Lloyd

Later in the afternoon, the historians Dr Russell Grigg and Mr Conway Davies held ‘Reflections of Trinity’ where former students were invited to record their memories of Trinity on film. Many remembered their time at Trinity with vivid clarity and paid tribute to others who have sadly passed away or could not attend the celebrations. A DVD of the event is available priced at £17.50, and if you would like a copy please contact Owain Davies, Marketing and Alumni Administrative Officer, on 01267 676767 or by email - alumni@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk

After the joyful reminiscing, the Principal guided a tour of the College, where the past students thoroughly enjoyed how the College has changed and developed over the years and how it offers excellent and extensive learning and social facilities for its students. The guests had a viewing of the new Cultural Enterprise and Innovation Centre, ‘Y Llwyfan’, and sighed in awe at the beautiful building and the magnificent views it offered.

Grwp o gyn-fyfyrwyr yn hel atgofion wrth edrych ar hen luniau

The evening dinner held in the Cothi Suite of the Halliwell Centre welcomed the College President, the Rt. Rev. Carl Cooper, who gave a few words of thought before Constance Eileen Edwards (nee King), the first women’s president of the Student Representative Council, expressed her feelings on behalf of the first girls at Trinity. In her speech she noted the uniqueness of their generation in College history. She said “We were almost the last to have any memory of the Second World War and we were the first to have grown up under the Welfare State. We were also the last to have their childhood free from television and were consequently generally well read and articulate. We remembered rationing but were also among the first real teenagers, with our own distinctive clothes – the jeans, duffle coats, luminous socks, waspie waists and starched layers of petticoats. We also enjoyed the type of music our parents hated and had our own magazines and books, creating a distinctive group in society.”

She also commented on misconceptions connected with the first female students – “Myths seem to have developed that youth culture began in the 1960s and that women before the 1970s were not interested in careers. All the women students expected to work. The expectation was that we were embarking on a lifetime career.”

Mrs Edwards’ words were followed by the guest speaker Mr Peter Hughes Griffiths, a former student at the College who was conferred with an Honorary Fellowship of the College during the afternoon. In his speech, he referred to individuals and couples who were present recalling memories of their time at Trinity.

On Sunday morning, a service was held in the College Chapel in the capable hands of the College Chaplain, The Rev. Ainsley Griffiths and was followed by a Carvery Lunch. The late Principal Canon Halliwell’s children, Tom Halliwell and his wife Annie, and his sister Nona Rees were present during Sunday, which was a fitting acknowledgment to their father’s memory and work.

Next year, the College will be celebrating 50 years of the 1958 students, when the late great rugby legend Dewi Bebb was a student at Trinity. Also there is a plea to arrange the attendance of as many students from the 1960s as possible, so if you are a past student of Trinity, or know of anyone who is, please pass on the information regarding the reunion or ask them to get in touch with Owain Davies at the College.

On the 15 and 16 September, a reunion weekend was held at Trinity College to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of female students at Trinity in 1957.

On Saturday, a fantastic day was enjoyed by all, blessed with glorious weather. The weekend’s proceedings started with a buffet lunch in the company of Carmarthen Town’s Mayor. The young Mayor warmly welcomed the pioneering women of 1957 back to Carmarthen with a light hearted poem that compared the ages.

At 2.00pm a service to remember 1957 was held in the College Chapel led by the College Chaplain, The Rev. Ainsley Griffiths. Readings were read by Mrs Sue Davies, Head of Education Studies and Social Inclusion and a past student of Trinity and Principal Dr Medwin Hughes. A musical recital was splendidly delivered by Miss Carys Davies, a second year student, under the guidance of her tutor and accompanist Mr Euros Rhys Evans. The service was followed by an extraordinary convocation to confer honorary fellowships upon Dr Mererid Hopwood and Mr Peter Hughes Griffiths for their contribution to the College and the wider community. Dr Mererid Hopwood was presented with her fellowship by the coordinator of the Creative Writing course Ms Menna Elfyn, also an Honorary Fellow of the College; and the Director of Student Services, the Rev. Tom Evans presented Mr Peter Hughes Griffiths. Greetings were given by the Vice Chair of the College Council, Dr John Walters.

Later in the afternoon, the historians Dr Russell Grigg and Mr Conway Davies held ‘Reflections of Trinity’ where former students were invited to record their memories of Trinity on film. Many remembered their time at Trinity with vivid clarity and paid tribute to others who have sadly passed away or could not attend the celebrations. A DVD of the event is available priced at £17.50, and if you would like a copy please contact Owain Davies, Marketing and Alumni Administrative Officer, on 01267 676767 or by email - alumni@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk

After the joyful reminiscing, the Principal guided a tour of the College, where the past students thoroughly enjoyed how the College has changed and developed over the years and how it offers excellent and extensive learning and social facilities for its students. The guests had a viewing of the new Cultural Enterprise and Innovation Centre, ‘Y Llwyfan’, and sighed in awe at the beautiful building and the magnificent views it offered.

The evening dinner held in the Cothi Suite of the Halliwell Centre welcomed the College President, the Rt. Rev. Carl Cooper, who gave a few words of thought before Constance Eileen Edwards (nee King), the first women’s president of the Student Representative Council, expressed her feelings on behalf of the first girls at Trinity. In her speech she noted the uniqueness of their generation in College history. She said “We were almost the last to have any memory of the Second World War and we were the first to have grown up under the Welfare State. We were also the last to have their childhood free from television and were consequently generally well read and articulate. We remembered rationing but were also among the first real teenagers, with our own distinctive clothes – the jeans, duffle coats, luminous socks, waspie waists and starched layers of petticoats. We also enjoyed the type of music our parents hated and had our own magazines and books, creating a distinctive group in society.”

She also commented on misconceptions connected with the first female students – “Myths seem to have developed that youth culture began in the 1960s and that women before the 1970s were not interested in careers. All the women students expected to work. The expectation was that we were embarking on a lifetime career.”

Mrs Edwards’ words were followed by the guest speaker Mr Peter Hughes Griffiths, a former student at the College who was conferred with an Honorary Fellowship of the College during the afternoon. In his speech, he referred to individuals and couples who were present recalling memories of their time at Trinity.

On Sunday morning, a service was held in the College Chapel in the capable hands of the College Chaplain, The Rev. Ainsley Griffiths and was followed by a Carvery Lunch. The late Principal Canon Halliwell’s children, Tom Halliwell and his wife Annie, and his sister Nona Rees were present during Sunday, which was a fitting acknowledgment to their father’s memory and work.

Next year, the College will be celebrating 50 years of the 1958 students, when the late great rugby legend Dewi Bebb was a student at Trinity. Also there is a plea to arrange the attendance of as many students from the 1960s as possible, so if you are a past student of Trinity, or know of anyone who is, please pass on the information regarding the reunion.alumni@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk

1957 Students

08 May 2007

1957 Students

1957 Students get together at Monmouth Golf Club. Some came from the Lake District, Reading, Swansea and the Marches. Constance King who sent the picture said “We had great difficulty in getting them all in one shot!”

If you have held any reunions or get-togethers recently or have any pictures of former students or events that you would like to share with others on the Alumni website please contact me.

 

Alumni Reunion 2006

Welcoming back…

Past students were welcomed back to Trinity for a reunion weekend during September this year. Everyone had a chance to come back and visit the College and meet old friends and fellow students and to hear other people’s experiences and memories. Past students of the 1950s, 60s and 70s were present, and one special guest who was a student during the 1930s, Mr George Head came all the way from Pontefract.

Gwen Harris, David Harris, Des Hughes

Luckily for the alumni reunion, the weather was marvellous all weekend and the College grounds looked as spectacular as the Botanical Gardens - where some visited on Saturday, in what seemed to be the last sunny spell of the year.

The guest speaker, Mr Peter Hughes Griffiths, who himself is a past student and a former lecturer, discussed the numerous publications that many societies have published in Trinity’s past. As well as past students, some lecturers and past lecturers were also present. Among them was Dr Geraint Davies from the faculty of Education and Training and the Reverend J Eldon Phillips formerly of the Religious Education department.

Peter Hughes Griffiths, George Head

A small exhibition was arranged showing photographs ranging from the 1950s to the present. These images will be available on Trinity’s website, and you are all welcome to send any photographs of memories at Trinity to the Alumni Administration Officer.

Principal Medwin Hughes, Dr Geraint Davies, JT Brian Davies, Alun Caffrey

Many more are expected to attend next year for the historic reunion celebrating fifty years of the first alumnae. Gwen Harris who attended this year’s reunion was one of the first female students at Trinity. Her stories were a taste of the celebrations to come next year. She stated that her time in Trinity, together with her husband’s, was very memorable and how she felt that she was part of a large family, and how happy she was to see that that feeling had not changed over the years.

Reverend J Eldon Phillips  Haydn Daniles, Raymond Sullivan, Morlais Williams, Norman Cunliffe

A rather fitting coincidence is that the singer from ‘P’Tcheaow!’ who entertained the crowd on Saturday was himself a former student. Proof, that Gwen’s words are as true as