Friday, June 01, 2007

Sportsman of Gilfach

Here is a Sportsman carved out of a single tree by
Robert Koenig.
The sculpture is to represent the various sports activities in the area.
Gilfach houses a very active Y.M.C.A. with numerous football teams training there.
So it is appropriate that he graces the Gilfach entrance to the park.

Unfortunately my picture doesn't do him justice.

4 Comments:

At 9:24 am, Blogger Rhys Wynne said...

Nice photo's, I work in the YMCA in Gilfach for an organisation called Menter Iaith Sir Caerffili (Welsh Language Initiative for the County).

Have you considered opening a Flickr account to show your photos? You can open a basic account for free.

By giving your photos a tag like 'gilfach' or 'bargoed' they might be picked up by others. There are also special interest groups which you can join on Flicke, like 'Sculpture' or 'South Wales Valleys' etc.

If you'd like more readers, why not ask if your blog can be added to blog aggregators such as www.blogcymru.com and www.welshblogs.com

 
At 5:28 pm, Blogger Traven said...

A contribution to a vey worthy blog:
http://arts.guardian.co.uk/pictures/0,,1715528,00.html
http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/arts/2006/02/22/lowry004.jpg

I lived on Hillside Park (considered rather hi-so in those days) for three years in the 1960s. Your pictures here are very familiar an interesting. I was once given a tour of the colliery buildings by one of the electricians. I can remember how bad the river was and what an amazing YMCA Gilfach had. I used to deliver newspapers to miners from Davies' shop in Gilfach. I have never got over what a great bunch the miners were. Very generous if you made sure they got their newspapers on time. I can imagine what it would be like to have a snap break underground with nothing to read. Bargoed will remain with me until I die, for sure. I now live in South East Asia, but Wales is still a major obsession for me. I was actually born in Somerset, but my father was a South Walian.

As for the Lowry picture, not so many people know about it. When we lived in Bargoed, my mother took me along to a Worker's Education Association art appreciation class one evening and they showed a slide of this 1975 picture. It impressed me far more than the Degas and Renoirs because it was something I could see every day from my bedroom window.

Good blog! Are you in favor of the bypass? I have heard it has caused quite a stir. I last passed through Bargoed in 2005. Hugely changed, but still very recognisable.

 
At 5:01 pm, Blogger tadip44 said...

Thanks for putting this blog on the web. I was brought up in Bargoed, and stayed in Wales until my daughter was born. Then like lots of others moved to England, then over to Ohio (10 plus years).

My niece lives in Gilfach, and keeps me up-to-date with the the road's progress, but a map & phot's would be a bonus on this site.

Ref. the "Y" - I played on the "basin" pre & post flattening.
Ref. Davies' paper shop - I went to Pengam with with their eldest son Alan, who now lives in Llanbradach, and I am in contact with him via e mail.

 
At 5:03 pm, Blogger tadip44 said...

Thanks for putting this blog on the web. I was brought up in Bargoed, and stayed in Wales until my daughter was born. Then like lots of others moved to England, then over to Ohio (10 plus years).

My niece lives in Gilfach, and keeps me up-to-date with the the road's progress, but a map & phot's would be a bonus on this site.

Ref. the "Y" - I played on the "basin" pre & post flattening.
Ref. Davies' paper shop - I went to Pengam with with their eldest son Alan, who now lives in Llanbradach, and I am in contact with him via e mail.

 

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