June 1940 saw the arrival in Penallt of evacuees escaping the dangers of Birmingham and London. One of these, Kathleen (Kath) Price, now owns the house where she was billeted for much of the time and she has spent time in Penallt every year for the past seven decades too. Her memories of wartime Penallt are still very vivid and she has recently been persuaded to record them as the first chapter ("Early Years") of her autobiography.
Her story provides a fascinating insight into what life as an evacuee was like and into the houses, farms and people of Penallt 70 years ago.
She has kindly agreed to allow the village website to publish these memories and this is now being phased over a four week period during November and December 2014.
- Available November 21st: June 1940 - evacuation to Penallt
- Available November 25th: Cartref and the Englands
- Available November 28th: Penallt School and the Church
- Available December 1st: Farming and The Bush Inn
- Available December 5th: Monmouth and country walks
- Available December 9th: Life at Crick Farm
- Available December 12th: Pastor Evans and local walks
- Available December 15th: The War ends
If anyone has relevant illustrations which could be added to the story, please contact the webmaster