Chris Elmore MP and Huw Irranca-Davies AM visited an exhibition depicting life in the Garw Valley over the past 150 years this week. The event was held at the Tabernacle Chapel in Pontycymmer.

Alongside local residents, the Ogmore MP and AM took a guided tour of the Grade II listed building and viewed photographs, articles and artefacts illustrating the Garw’s rich history.

Mr Elmore commented: “It’s been absolutely fantastic to delve deep into the history of the Valley – like the other valleys across my Ogmore constituency, the Garw has a rich and unique history.”

Alongside the exhibition, an organ recital by Mr Peter David greeted visitors who were interested in learning more about the history of the valley.

Huw Irranca-Davies AM added: “An excellent exhibition in the Tabernacle Chapel showing the heritage of the Garw Valley. Well done to all involved for their hard work and for providing a very interesting exhibition.”

Chris Elmore MP continued: “I’d like to pass on my thanks to the Cadw Open Doors Project, the Garw Valley Heritage Society and all of the volunteers who made this event possible. I look forward to future exhibitions!”

The Garw Valley Heritage Society is formed of a group of local Garw residents who are passionate about preserving an archive of the valley’s industrial and social history. The ongoing project covers the area between Bettws all the way up to Blaengarw.