Remembering Denise Lucas

Categories: Denise Lucas.

Sadly on 7th August 2017, my good friend and colleague Denise Lucas passed away.  It was around 1980 that Denise began to work in Longfields where she was employed in the office.  Her eighteen years of experience and devotion to the Association made her the natural choice to succeed as
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A financial set back in 1980

Categories: Disability History, Ladies Guild, and Round Table.

As with similar charities Longfields relied heavily on public support.  Fundraising activities and the backing of community groups played a significant part towards the success of the Association.  The support from these sources was demonstrated as the Chairman’s Report of 1980 revealed. Over the years, the Association had dealt with
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Longfields photo trail

Categories: Felicie Philippe, Heritage Lottery Fund, Longfields, Parent led associations, and Photo trail.

Public meeting at the Ragged School The Association was established in April 1952 and the founders wanted to engage with more families who had children with cerebral palsy.  They also wanted to gain wider support in establishing a school in Wales for these children.  A public meeting took place with
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The ‘Tom Jones’ room

Categories: Media and Tom Jones.

In researching the history of Longfields a few people have mentioned the ‘Tom Jones’ room.  This was intriguing and needed further investigation!  Press cuttings from 1975 have revealed the mystery behind the story. The story begins with the fund raising activities of the ‘Bridge across the Pond’ chapter of the
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‘A Test of Endurance’

Categories: Owen Davies and Year Books.

It was on October 29th 1987 that Owen Davies passed his driving test.  It took a few attempts but determination to achieve won through, despite one ‘Failure Sheet’ looking like a ‘Football Coupon’. Owen was delighted by his achievement. It’s not merely the freedom of mobility, but the satisfaction of
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Pen Y Bryn School visits Swansea University

Categories: Egypt Centre, Pen Y Bryn School, Richard Burton Archives, and Swansea University.

This month a group of budding historians from Pen Y Bryn came to Swansea University to visit the Richard Burton Archives and the Egypt Centre.  Their visit began with half of the pupils visiting the archives and while the others worked in the library researching the history of Longfields Association. Katrina and Sue
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