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Gowerton School
Saturday, 18th May 2019

Gowertonian Award
Service to the Community:
Mrs Olive Midha

Special Guest
Dr Paul Simons

Gowertonian Dr Paul Simons

Ms Elaine Howell, Mrs Olive Midha
and GS President Val Richards
Toast List
Dr Paul Simons receiving a GS tie
presented by Mr Peter Hughes
The Queen: Deputy Lord Lieutenant,
  Dr E Roberts
The Society: Mrs Lynne Guy
The School: Head Prefects:
  Aidan Stannard
  & Heather Wheel
Grace: Mrs Catherine Thomas
Guest Speaker: Mr Dai Vaughan
Mr Dai Vaughan
Mrs Lynne Guy & Dr Chloe Guy
Mr & Mrs Nigel Jones
Mrs Catherine Thomas
Aidan Stannard & Heather Wheel



at Gowerton Comprehensive School on Saturday, 19th May

Guest Speaker
Sir Karl Jenkins, in conversation with Dr Brian Clarke

"An Audience with Sir Karl Jenkins"
Sir Karl Jenkins
Sir Karl Jenkins with Dr Brian Clarke
Mrs Catherine Thomas (in English) and Rev Ronnie Lloyd (in Welsh)
The Queen: The Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, Mr D Byron Lewis
The Society: Mrs Marjorie Stubbings
The School: The head prefects, Ehsan Yadollahi and Lucy Jones
The Gowertonian Award
for Service to the Community
was presented to Mrs Debbie Lloyd
by Mrs Lynne Guy

After Dinner Entertainment
by Mr Mel Thomas

  Birthday Greetings
to Mrs Rona Davies
Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan,
Mr Byron Lewis, Mrs Lewis & Mrs Edwina Hart
Dr Brian Clarke with Dr Alun Jones,
chairman of the Gowertonian Society
President, Mrs Val Richards,
introducing guest speaker Sir Karl Jenkins
Mrs Catherine Thomas

Toast to the Society
Mrs Marjorie Stubbings

Toast to the School
Lucy Jones & Ehsan Yadollahi
Belgian Guests, Mrs Kathleen De Cleene
& Mr Rudi Smets with Edwina Hart MBE
Mrs Lynne Guy, presenting the
Community Award to Mrs Debbie Lloyd

Sir Karl Jenkins, Gowertonian
& Mrs Rona Davies

Mr & Mrs Nigel Jones
Mr Mel Thomas
Mr & Mrs Tom MacCarthy
Many thanks to headteacher of Gowerton Comprehensive School, Mr Nigel Jones, for the use of the school, to the local businesses and individuals who donated raffle prizes and auction lots, to our auctioneer Mr Tom MacCarthy, former deputy headteacher at the school, and to all our guests for their continuing support and generosity. All proceeds will help with the funding of shool projects and will provide pupils with financial support for extra-curricular activities.
Gowertonians and friends enjoyed a delicious 3-course meal in the school's Assembly Hall

How did we do?
This year's Annual Dinner was the first event of its kind at the school. For your comments and suggestions for future events,
please contact the Gowertonian Society website, a member of our committee or our Facebook Group "Gowertonians".




at the Gower Golf Club, on Saturday, 13th May.
Mrs Catherine Thomas
Rev Ronnie Lloyd

Guest Speaker
Dr Charles Gwynn


The Queen - Mrs Lynne Guy
The Society- Ms Elaine Howell
The School - Mrs Val Richards

Matthew Pitson
Holly Breeze-Jones
(Head Boy and Head Girl)

The Gowertonian Award
for Outstanding Service to
the Community

was presented to

Clive Phillips
(Conductor of Pontarddulais Male Voice Choir)
by D. Anthony Small BEM

Golden Anniversary
Cynthia Ennis, Lynne Guy, Val Richards, Kathryn Davies, Sian Burns, Helen Dignam, Anne Davies, Pam Evans
(Cynthia Rees, Lynne Griffiths, Miss Gronow, Kathryn Preece, Sian Davies, Helen Sweetman, Anne Davies, Miss Preece)

Lynne Guy with some of her school friends and two of her teachers,
Miss Gronow (Maths) and Miss Preece (PE),
50 years after joining Gowerton Girls' Grammar School

Cynthia, Sian, Helen and Lynne were pupils at Gorseinon Infants School and Gorseinon Junior Girls' School before joining
Gowerton Girls' Grammar School in 1966. Lynne became head girl in 1972.




Mr Peter Harrison, guest speaker at the Gowertonian Society Annual Dinner 2016, has been a very successful headteacher of
Gowerton Comprehensive School for the past 8 years and will be retiring at the end of the school year.
At the dinner, tributes were paid to him by the Society and by his school colleagues, Mr Tom MacCarthy and Ms Kath Lawlor
Dr Alun Jones
Chair of the Gowertonian Society
Mr Peter Harrison
Guest Speaker
A gift from the Gowertonian Society
presented by Val Richards, president
Mr Tom MacCarthy, retiring after almost 40 years at Gowerton School, received the
Gowertonian Society Award for Services to the Community
presented by assistant headteacher Ms Kath Lawlor.
Mr Tom MacCarthy,
deputy headteacher at Gowerton School

Presentation of the GS Centenary Award,
by Ms Kath Lawlor
Head Boy, Peter Swain
Deputy Head Boy, Reyan Hussain

Mrs Catherine Thomas

The Queen - Mrs Marjorie Stubbings,
The Society - Tony Small B.E.M,
The School - Dr Chloë Guy
with response by head boy, Peter Swain and deputy head boy, Reyan Hussain

Mrs Catherine Thomas
Mrs Marjorie Stubbings
Tony Small B.E.M
Dr Chloë Guy
Gowertonians and Guests



At the Gower Golf Club on Saturday, 9th May 2015

Guest Speaker Mel Thomas
and his wife, Anne
Singer, Joe Stockton
Year 13 music student
Toast to the School by head prefects
Annabelle Boardman and Marcus Besley

Gareth Roberts and Dean Mason



At the Gower Golf Club
Saturday, 9th May 2015

The Gowertonian Awards
for Outstanding Service to
the Community
were presented to

Gowertonians and International Welsh Rugby Players

Gareth Roberts

Dan Biggar

Liam Williams

by their former sports teacher, Dean Mason

and to

Dean Mason

by Pam Evans, a former PE teacher
at Gowerton School





Dean Mason and Pam Evans

Dan Biggar and Dean Mason

Liam Williams and Dean Mason



110th Anniversary of the Society


Dr Alun Jones, Chairman

The Gowertonian Society celebrated its 110th anniversary
on Saturday, 17th May at the King Arthur Hotel, Reynoldston.

Guest Speaker: HM Lieutenant of West Glamorgan,
D. Byron Lewis

Award for Service to the Community was presented to
Anne Ellis

Music was provided by
Gowerton School Brass Ensemble,
Jacob Clark, Ryan Colebrook, Aaron Davies,
Daniel Lewis and Josh Smith
Bois y Bont

HM Lord Lieutenant D.Byron Lewis
and his wife, Hilary
Miss Anne Ellis & Dr Chloe Guy
Katy Baran & Andrew Jones
Gowerton School Brass Ensemble
Bois y Bont






The Gowertonian Society Annual Dinner
on 10th November at the King Arthur Hotel

Guest Speaker
The Rev. Canon Ronnie H Lloyd

Mr Don Shepherd
Kim Pullinger and Laura Baker
(Head Prefects)

Dr Alun Jones
Chairman of GS Society
The Rev. Canon Ronnie H Lloyd
Guest Speaker
Mr Don Shepherd receiving
award from Mr Peter Harrison
Laura Baker & Kim Pullinger
Head Prefects
Toast List
The Queen: Miss Lucy Meredith
The Society: Dr Chloë Guy
The School: Kim Pullinger & Laura Baker
The Gowertonian Award
for Outstanding Service to the Community

Mr Don Shepherd







The Gowertonian Society Annual Dinner
on 8th October 2011 at the North Gower Hotel

Guest Speaker
Rev. Alan Willcocks

Rachel Tucker and Rhys Jackson
(Head Prefects)

Guest Speaker, Rev. Alan Willcocks
and Mrs Willcocks
Mr Peter Harrison, headteacher, with
Rachel Tucker and Rhys Jackson





The Gowertonian Society Annual Dinner
on 2nd October 2010 at the North Gower Hotel

Guest Speaker
Rev Jeff Morgan

Mrs Rona Davies,
Rhys Hughes and Bethan Owen
(Head Prefects)

Mrs Ann Borthwick received the Gowertonian Award for Outstanding Service to the Community, presented by Mrs Julie Thomas.

Rev. Jeff Morgan
Mrs Julie Thomas
Mrs Ann Borthwick
Mrs Rona Davies
Rhys Hughes & Bethan Owen
Mrs Jeff Morgan





More than 140 Gowertonians gathered at the North Gower Hotel on Saturday, 3rd October 2009 for the Annual Dinner. The guest speaker was Helena Braithwaite MBE and Eric Jones received the Gowertonian Society Award for Service to the Community.
Guest Speaker
Helena Braithwaite MBE
Eric Jones
receiving the Gowertonian Society Award
Beryl Rencontre
introduced the guest speaker
Catherine Thomas
proposed the Toast to The Society
Chloë Guy
proposed the Toast to The School
Matthew Jones & Adele Davies
Head Prefects





The annual dinner was held at The North Gower Hotel on Saturday  13th September. We had 127 Gowertonians in attendance to listen to Gilbert John, BBC Roving Reporter and former pupil.
Gilbert very cleverly made his delivery both amusing and informative with references to interviews he had conducted with many famous names.

Traditional toasts were made to The Queen, The Society and The School by Catherine Thomas, Marjorie Stubbings and Dr Alun Jones respectively. The response to the toast to the school was made by Matthew Wedlake and Hannah Senior [Head Prefects]
Denys Jenkins received the Gowertonian Award for Outstanding Service to the Community for his amazing contribution to charitable causes in the area.



Tony Small was also nominated for the award for his outstanding devotion to the development of music in the village of Penclawdd but, unfortunately, was not present to receive it on this occasion.

Profits from every dinner are used to help the school in various ways. Further details will appear in the Newsletter which will be on this website in May/June 2009.
Robert Evans (Chair of GS Society).


Date: 22nd September 2007


As usual the event was held at The North Gower Hotel,Llanrhidian.

The event was well attended again with 128 former pupils dining in The Gower Room.

The Society's chairman Robert Evans opened the evening with a traditional welcome and thanked table organisers for once again ensuring that the dinner was well attended.

The traditional toasts were made by Lynne Guy[Secretary] who toasted The Queen, Mr Owen Hughes [Honorary Life Member] who toasted The Society and Julie Thomas[Committee] who proposed a toast to The School. The response to the latter being made by James Wedlake and Samantha Beynon, head prefects at the existing Gowerton School.

The highlight of the evening was the address by the Guest Speaker Professor Peter Stead the eminent historian, political pundit, writer, broadcaster and former pupil of the Boys' Grammar.

Peter very cleverly spoke about his experieces in education at home and abroad and emphasised his gratitude to those who taught him at Gowerton particularly Mr Moir Gilchrist who was also a guest at the dinner.

The date for next years dinner has been set for Saturday 13th September 2008. Anybody wishing to attend can download a booking form from the website or contact Robert Evans at 1 Talbot Green Gowerton SA4 3DH or e-mail

Robert Evans, GS Chairman

If you have any photos taken at this year's event, please e-mail them to this website



Date: 23rd Sept 2006

Gowertonian Society Annual Dinner

The Annual Dinner took place on Saturday 23rd September at The North Gower Hotel.
The event was introduced by Dr Alun Jones, master of ceremonies for the evening.
There was a minute's silence in memory of Eileen Griffihs a long standing member of the committee, who died recently aged 92.
Mrs Ann Borthwick, President of the Society said the Grace.
The Loyal Toast was proposed by Miss Chloe Guy.
Mrs Rona Davies proposed the toast to the Society.
Mr Owen Hughes proposed the toast to the School.

Senior Students

Two senior students from the present school responded to Mr Hughes by informing the gathered former students of developments and events which had taken place in the school over the last academic year.Topics such as examination results, sporting achievement, cultural items, the sporting tour to Australia, the retirement of Mr Paul Green, the building of a new science block and the incoming headmaster Mr Peter Harrison were mentioned so interestingly by Rebecca Northey and Rhys Morris, head girl and boy respectively.

Edwina Hart AM
The guest speaker for the evening, Mrs Edwina Hart was introduced humorously by Dr Jones.
Mrs Hart gave a most interesting talk which apart from giving Dr Jones as good as he got, gave everyone an insight into the world of politics and her own views on how politicians should represent their constituents. A very impressive speech from a very sincere woman.

To conclude the evening the President presented Mr Owen Hughes with an engraved plate to recognise his 50 years of outstanding service to the society.

Presentation of Plate to Mr Owen Hughes by Mrs Anne Borthwick

The Chairman , Robert Evans thanked table organisers for their continued support, Mrs Marjorie Stubbings for her efforts in preparation for the dinner on site, Dr Jones for controlling the events of the evening, and finally reminding everyone that next years dinner would be on Saturday 22nd of Sept 2007. Further details of next years event would appear on the society's website in due course.
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Date: 01st Oct 2005

Gowertonian Society Annual Dinner

The Annual Dinner was held at the North Gower Hotel, Llanrhidian.

Prof Wynn Thomas Guest Speaker Prof Wynn Thomas,
Director of CREW ( Centre of Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales),
Specialist in American poetry,
Fellow of the British Academy,
Chairman of the Welsh Arts Council Literature Committee,
Author of 20 books
Recipient of the Highest Honour of National Eisteddfod of Wales 2000.

Dr Alun Jones, who was in the same year as Wynn at the Gowerton Boys' Grammar School, introduced the guest speaker with amusing anecdotes of their school days.
Dr Alun Jones

Edwina Hart AM & Councillor Margaret Smith


Edwina Hart AM., Labour Assembly Member for Gower
Councillor Margaret Smith, Lord Mayor of Swansea 2004-05.

Bouquets were presented by Mrs Lynne Guy, secretary of the society and her daughter, committee member, Chloë Guy

Mr Paul Green, Headteacher of Gowerton Comprehensive School, was unable to join us this year.
Mr Myrddin Davies, Webmaster of the Gowertonian Society Website and his wife Maureen (née Dix).

Maureen received a bouquet, presented by
Mrs Maureen Davies Val Richards, treasurer of the society
Student Guests

Bethan Stephens

Rhodri Jenkins

Master of Ceremonies Robert Evans
Robert Evans, chairman of the society
Toast List    
The Queen, proposed by Mrs Lynne Guy The Society, proposed by Miss Elaine Howell The School, proposed by Mr Owen Hughes

....and a good time was had by all !

Guest Table Owen, Peggy & friends Robert's Table


Enid & Julie's Table


Rona & Nelda Lynne's Table

To view the report of the dinner visit the "Society News" Section of this web site

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