A first year History & Welsh History student at Bangor University is about to publish her first book, ‘Gwell dysg na golud’ (Better educated than wealthy), on December 2nd. Over the past year Lon Vaughan, 19 of Crymych, has researched through numerous logs from her former primary school, Ysgol Blaenffos, to collect the history before the school closes its doors for the final time.
Following the sad news that Ysgol Blaenffos was forced to close and merge with Hermon and Crymych primary schools, Lon started her year long mission to collect the school’s history as a personal research project. The school logs were full to the brim, and ex-pupil’s came forward with tales and memories. As her work progressed it became obvious that Lon’s work was stimulating interest from the community. She said,
"The book is a recollection of the school’s history since its opening in 1879, and even before. I was also fortunate to find the original deeds that date back to 1850!
"After many discussions it became obvious that the community had a keen interest in the project and the answer was simple - to publish the book.”
Lon believes that the experience gained whist writing the book has been beneficial to her studies at University. She said,
"This book has enabled me to practice deep research methods and detailed writing which are essential skills for any History student! I’ve enjoyed the experience and hope to have another opportunity in the future!”
‘Gwell dysg na golud’ will be launched at Ysgol Blaenffos on the evening of December 3rd.