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What’s in a Name?

The old Llantrisant Post Office was situated at the south end of Commercial Street and was chosen for the first telephone exchange to be installed in the area. The Post Office was run by James “Jimmy” Little and his family, descendants of whom still live in the old town. Jimmy was born in Llantrisant in 1871, but was not a Freeman family.

At a meeting of Trustees on March 28, 1928, the Clerk to the Trust — Lemuel Evans — was instructed to write to the Post Master General (PMG) in London to express their pleasure that a telephone exchange was going to be established in the old town, but were extremely disappointed that it was going to be named Pontyclun Telephone Exchange, in order to accord with the wishes of members of the Llantrisant Parish Council, the majority of whom lived five and ten miles from the town. The letter pointed out that the naming decision comprised a slight on the old town and the trustees were unanimous in their decision for the name of Llantrisant to be used.

A concise history of the ancient borough and its Freemen was included with a respectful request that a sympathetic consideration be given to the issue. Result of which was that on May 19, 1928, a reply was received stating that the PMG has acceded to the Trustees wishes and that the new exchange would henceforth be known as the Llantrisant Telephone Exchange.”

About the author

Howard Thomas is the clerk of Llantrisant Town Trust.

Operation Christmas Child

We start the show box campaign in September!! This year, with renewed effort, we hope to get as many shoe boxes in as last year (almost 30,000), if not more.

With the flare up of troubles again out in Macedonia and the situation not really improving in Romania, we need to make a concerted effort to send of shoe boxes to these needy children.

Also this year we are encouraging people to join the Child and Family Support Scheme. Because of the economic situation in Romania, parents with large families are not able to feed their children, so they are having to send them to orphanages.

Those of use with children cannot imagine what it must be like to be faced with this decision, knowing that the orphanages in Romania are such awful places. 15 GBP a month is all it takes to relieve the suffering of a family. Leaflets about the scheme will be placed in each church and I will tell you more about it at our next get together in the Church Hall!!! (Watch Your Events for the date, time, etc) Please try to support this.

Because of the increased number of boxes we will be needing extra help at the warehouse. So I hope I can rely on your support again. And remember to tell family and friends what a fun time we have and get roped into. In the meantime, have a lovely summer holiday and while you’re lying on that sun-drenched beach, pray for the team here in South Wales, pray that the boxes will come in and pray for the children who will receive the boxes.

And finally, go away and read Matthew 25: 35-41. Think about these children and if, like me, Jesus says to you, “just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me“.