History and Heritage

St. Catherine's Church
Upper Brynamman

On July 10th 1940 at about mid-day a bomb was dropped by a German aircraft. It landed in the middle of the churchyard to the south of the church building causing damage to the roof and windows. The walls although they took the force of the blast were not damaged. This also saved the school and luckily the children were all inside having lessons.

From the Llais

The Llais newspaper had always included a round-up of happenings at local churches and chapels, even when these were not part of any particular story. Sometimes they advertised forthcoming events, and at other times who was preaching, or had preached there recently.

From the Llais newspaper, 27th January 1923:-

Results of Prize Drawings

The results of the prize drawings in connection with St. Catherine's bazaar, Brynamman, report of which appeared in our last week's issue, were as appended -
1st prize, ton of coal (given by Cwmnantmoel Colliery Co) - Miss Ruth Morgans, Nantricket
2nd prize, sack of flour (given by Mr John Thomas, Emporium) - Miss M. Joness, Mountain View, Garnant
3rd prize, sack of poultry food (given by Mr John Thomas, Emporium) - Miss Doris Williams, Wern Villa, Garnant
4th prize, sack of poultry food (given by Mr John Thomas, Emporium) - Miss Maggue Morgan, Neuadd road, Gwauncaegurwen
5th prize, gent's valuable wallet (given by Mr James Jones, Ammanford) - Miss Carrie Harries, Church Street, Cmwgorse
6th prize, Half-dozen Six Shilling Novels (given by Mr R Lewis, Stationers Hall, Brynamman) - Mr William James, Cwmgarw road, Brynamman
7th prize, Christmas cake (given by Mr Williams, Gem Shop) - Mr J Ellis Howells, Quarry road, Brynamman
The drawings were organised and supervised by Messrs S.M. Evans and William Greenwood, and a good sum was obtained in this way.