Poems are written by the talented pupils from Ysgol Pen Y Bryn taking inspiration from some of the early photographs of Longfields Association and Cerebral Palsy Midlands. They were written during our workshop day at Pen Y Bryn School, Sara Beer from Disability Arts Cymru and film maker Ben Ewart-Dean led the event and we looked at the photographs… Continue reading Poetry by Pen Y Bryn pupils
It is always a pleasure to visit West Glamorgan Archive Service, a warm welcome always awaits! This week a group from the Resource Centre came to look at some old photographs and have a think about what they would like to see in the exhibition. Amongst the group were the two Paulines, Chris and Sara plus… Continue reading A trip down memory lane at West Glamorgan Archive Service
Pen Y Bryn pupils have been very busy learning about the history of Longfields Association and during October I took part in a question and answer session at the school. The pupils of today wondered what pupils in 1953 did when they started at the school established by ‘Longfields parents’. There was a wide range of… Continue reading Question time at Pen Y Bryn
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 parents and other guests including… Continue reading Longfields photo trail
As with similar organisations Longfields produced a series of Year Books and between 1959 and 1999 there were a total of twenty-nine books printed. The Year Books are a valuable resource when researching the history of the organisation as they give an insight into the day to day life of the organisation, the issues they faced and… Continue reading Association Year Books
It was March 1954 when a house in West Cross was bought for the Association. This house was called Longfields and was to remain the organisation’s home until it closed in 2011. Mrs Felice Philippe, a benefactor from London bought the house for £5,000 and gave it as a gift to the Association. She has… Continue reading Felicie May Phillippe
Towards the end of the Second World War there was significant legislative change and one of the reforms to emerge focused on education. The 1944 Education Act aimed to give equality of opportunity to all children, providing a structure for free education for children from nursery level upwards. Responsibility for providing education lay with local… Continue reading Why did Longfields start?