“Cwmclydach Coal and Community “
After almost a year in the making we were delighted to launch our “Cambrain Coal and Community” DVD on Thursday 26th November. A packed audience watched two films relating to Cwmclydach and the Cambrian Colliery disaster of 1965. “Cambrian Coal and Community” tells the story of the area before the discovery of coal to the present day and “Our Story” is a collection of memories by those caught up in the colliery disaster.
The project saw the (now ) Year10 students interview former workers at the Cambrian Colliery as well as local residents. Guest speakers on the DVD include Rhondda Assembly Member Leighton Andrews and historian Professor Chris Williams. The project involved research in RCT libraries, the BBC archive department and South Wales Police Headquarters. The quality of the film produced was outstanding.
Feedback received from a host of people present at the launch gave us a great sense of pride for what this project has achieved.
Many thanks to those were involved in the making of the film including students and staff at the College, local residents and members of Cwmclydach Communities First Partnership, as well as other associated professionals.
Special mention must go to everyone who helped put on the event including the e3+ lighting and sound crew and the e3+ cookery group who provided a lovely buffet. Thanks also to Leighton Andrews A.M. for attending and for giving the closing speech. Finally sincere thanks to our film crew Laura and Will of Media4Schools for their enthusiasm and commitment to the project.
Such was the response to the DVD that we will be holding a showing at the Community College for the wider community on Wednesday 27th January at 6:00 p.m. Everyone welcome.