Monday, 3 February 2014

Another Chapter

In 1957 Newmarket was renamed Trelawnyd

The funeral passed without incident as did the funeral tea, everyone pitched in, as is the norm The older members of Trelawnyd sat at the  back of the Church allowing Eileen Jones' extended family to fill the pews at the front. 
I sat with the olduns, and noticed that I was one of the youngest of the villagers to attend.
I found this incredibly sad. It felt that a chapter of the village history has almost passed


26 comments:

  1. You keep it alive John x

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  2. I sat in that pew as well. The only way to keep the town alive is to write about its residents.

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  3. It is indeed a sad time when the village says goodbye to one of it's members.
    Passing along the torch, it makes it right.
    ~Jo

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    1. As long as there are folk to pick that torch up

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  4. I love your little town.
    Keep writing about it.

    cheers, parsnip

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  5. It's difficult to see the past die, literally and figuratively.

    Love,
    Janie

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  6. God willing, you will be one of the older olduns one day...and I hope that the young'ns will appreciate your experience and knowledge as much as you do the previous generations'.

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  7. Maybe with all the practice you have gotten taking care of critters, you and Chris are ready to move on to little humans; adoption? You could supply Trelawnyd with a very intelligent population, with you two as parents!

    just putting it out there :) youd make a great pops you know!

    xoxo

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    1. Bloody hell no......bringing up a child is way too much responsibility........I would be totally overwhelmed...........

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    2. oh for goodness sakes - look, you have a blossoming coming of age agnsty teenager (winnie) a child with special needs (mary) an autistic son (william) let alone a whole group of outgoing college-age daughters (the hens), and theres the slow ones too (the sheep)...and none of them have become sociopaths or terrorized the village.. yet.

      I think you are perfectly capable of handling at least one little one child....at least one. ;) and there are plenty of little ones who dont have anyone to look up to - you and Chris are excellent role models...heck, if my kids were still little I would drop them off on your doorstep in a heartbeat...! wait that didnt make me sound like a good parent - anyway, its pretty obvious if i can parent anyone can lol... IMO You and Chris both have life experiences that would make you great parents!

      xoxo

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    3. What makes you think that all parents aren't overwhelmed; and some are overwhelmed more than once!!:)

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  8. Most of the olduns in my community have died out. With developments and transients, the old farming community is gone and the old days are over. My Aunt is one of the few left and she is 84. There is a new breed out there and it will never be the same. It makes me very sad.

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  9. How many young families in your village? Enough to keep things going? Of course there have to be jobs....economy to support those families. Our town had a population of 15,000 when I was small it is now 7,000....few jobs, few opportunities. You keep the village alive John! Stay on your toes....

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    1. Linda there are a few but things are very different now.... The village community is not centered in the village as it used to be... I am a bit of a rarity amongst the " new" comers

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  10. I hope you feel better tomorrow.

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  11. I think for we Baby Boomers our turn as the "olduns" is approaching more quickly than we would like. Hard to believe how much faster time passes with each day. The community is lucky to have you to help them out & you to have contact with them..

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  12. Just like the WWII veterans...

    Have a good week, John. ♥

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  13. All part of life's rich pattern I'm afraid John and, I guess, the acceptance of change { which I'm not brilliant at !! }
    I was 63 on Saturday so I'm well into being an 'oldun' …. Positive, mental attitude is what it's all about I think and enjoying all the little things in life….. funerals always put us in a pensive and thoughtful mood. I find a glass of red always puts everything back on track or, a slobbery lick from one of the dogs should do the trick !!!! XXXX

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  14. You picked up that torch, and you and Chris are running with it, there will be someone to take it from you one day .... hopefully !

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  15. I have been going to too many funerals lately and none of them were olduns. Well, not really, as I don't count people in their 60's as old. I go by the adage that old is 15 years older than yourself.

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  16. There just may be a couple more 'newcomers' out there ready to carry the traditions along with you John.....never know.
    We have to keep in mind that not many young people are in the habit of attending funerals these days with the exception of relatives.......they all seem to be very busy.
    Have a good day John.

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  17. You can be one of the people to pick that torch up John.

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  18. Good on you to attend, John. When i worked at the bank, at least one of us would attend the wake or funeral if the decedent was one of our customers. We started as a small, community bank and even after we got taken over and were part of a mega corporation, those customers were still our friends, neighbors, or acquaintances.

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