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The Cons Club has a very rich and diverse history in Cathays starting from 1891 to present. This page has been created to help you view some insights into our history. To help you navigate …….
History of Cathays
The origin of Cathays is somewhat unclear. ‘Hays’ denotes woodlands or hedges. One possible reason the area was given its name was because the district was inhabited by wild cats. The other possibility that it is derived from the Welsh language ‘Cad’ meaning “battle”. The area could therefore have been named after a long lost and forgotten battle. The area was established a suburb of Cardiff in 1875. Many of the local roads in the area were named after the various farms such as Allensbank, Wedal to name a few.
The Marquis of Bute inherited lands in Cathays through his marriage to Charlotte Windsor in 1766. The Marquis of Bute was an extremely successful and wealthy businessman buying local land including Cathays Park.
In 1898 the 3rd Marquis of Bute sold 59 acres to the council to build the new town hall. The 3rd Marquis of Bute place strict conditions to and that the avenues were to be preserved, the area to be used for civic, cultural and educational purposes.
The expanding need of the university education has led to numerous departmental buildings to be erected in the area and now on the Newport Road site.
Cathays is a striving and popular area, full of young students with nationalities from all around the world.
On the eve of the 2020’s – The Cons Club, Cathays had an entry in the South Wales Echo Newspaper / Wales Online. We look forward to more good news in the 2020’s!
As the celebration of the first female Bar Steward has taken over (since the club opened in 1891) the running of the bar, events etc. The residents and members are very proud of Jayne’s efforts over her many years at the club; which has now naturally resulted in her running the bar.
Jayne also runs the ‘Rhymney Street Reunion‘ Facebook page, which gets some amazing images uploaded by past and new families in Cathays.
The community has grown stronger as relationships between the residents and the three colleges of students have improved a great deal. The Cardiff University Rugby Team have become regulars on Wednesday nights for their society nights.
The Cons Club Cathays have decided to have website created which the committee can regularly update themselves with all the positive things happening in the club for all age ranges.
The Clubs Centenary was celebrated on Thursday 10th October 1991 with a Dinner Dance held at the City Hall, Cardiff. Among the guests at the dinner was former Welsh Secretary Lord Crickhowell, the Deputy Lord Mayor and City MPs Ian Grist and Gwilym Jones.
On Saturday 12th October members were treated to opening night prices at the club. Mr Colin Duggan said that we haven’t worked out how much it was back then but we we’ll be charging around 5 to 10p a pint in new money.
The Dinner Menu:
- Prawn Cocktail – Minestrone Soup.
- Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, Horseradish Sauce, Garden Peas, Kidney Beans, Carrots, Roast and Boiled Potatoes.
- Gateaux, Assorted Cheeses and Biscuits, After Eights, Tea or Coffee.
THE PRIME MINISTER wrote to us:
I sent you my congratulations on the occasion of the centenary of the Cathays Conservative Club.
I have been a member of the Conservative party since I was sixteen. One of the things that has always struck me about our Party has been that members not only work hard to gain support for our Party and our policies, but are also welcoming and convivial people. The large membership of Conservative Clubs is an excellent example of this. Iam therefore grateful to all our clubs and in particular the Cathays conservative Club as it reaches its centenary, for their hard work and dedication to the party cause.
I sent you are my very best wishes as you celebrate this occasion.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:
1991 will be remembered as a special year when the Cathays Conservative Club celebrates its 100th Birthday’ and I sent my congratulations to the club, its Officers and Members.
A hundred glorious years certainly calls for celebrations, and we all agree that the committee be congratulated on their forward planning for this great occasion, when numerous functions have been arranged.
Many changes have taken place in 100 years’ but the club is still at its original location’ and certainly over the years many great improvements have been carried out’ and I have been personally connected for a third of the Centenary, and esprit de corp and sportsmanship portrayed at the club cannot be beaten.
The Club has always played its part towards the Conservative Party, Charities, and Members in distress, and may this long continue, and the club go from strength to strength until its 200th year.
Cecil H Rapport M.B.E. K.ST.J. JP. DL
A Message from the Chairman:
It has been my privilege and honour to serve as Chairman of this great club since 1977. They have not always been easy years but I have always been conscious of the importance of the responsibility I have taken on.
Throughout its history the club has not only catered for its members but has also been aware of its important role in the life of the party and the locality. It has provided support for the political candidates, local projects and both local and national charities. Long may it continue to do so.
I am proud of the small part I have been able to play in the history of the club, carrying on the tradition of those who have gone before, maintaining and improving the club for the benefit of future generations. In this respect I would like to record my personal thanks to fellow officers and committee members whose support, ideas and energy have made such progress possible.
It is my belief that one of the reasons for the club’s continued success is its ability to adapt to the needs of the times while still managing to retain the old values which have stood the test of time.
With God’s help and your support we can look forward to a bright and dynamic future.
Officers and Members of the Management Committee 1991
President: C.H.Rapport M.B.E. K.ST.J.,JP.,DL.
Chairman: G.W.H. Parfitt
Vice Chairman: J. Cooper
Treasurer: A. Webber
Secretary: D.J. Yorath B.A.
Trustees: J Connelly, G Parfitt, R Dite.
Committee: A Crothers, P Botham, D McGill, A Davies, C Duggan, D Owen, C Williams, G George, T Marlow, D Morris, K Palmer, W Landry. Steward M Green
The 1970’s was renowned for everything breaking down – yet spirits were high with the 1977 Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Cathays, like the rest of Britain had it’s own street parties with a massive one being on Rhymney Street.
Many long term residents and their children remember these days, with many pictures shared with the next 3 generations of children to follow to remind everyone of the cultural significance of what it was to be traditionally British.
The 1939-1945 Second World War took it’s toll on Cathays, as it did all over UK and the world. Many houses on Llanbleddian, Wyeverne Road, Rhymney Street to name a few as the enemy attempted to destroy the rail lines that fed many British manufacturing and fuel lines to support the war effort.
As you can see in the image taken in 1945 on Rhymney Street, many families were fortunate to have our friends and families reunited ….. sadly many soldiers and heroes did not return.
Image from FB: Rhymney Street Reunion page
The Great Depression of the 1930’s hit many parts. The Docks work was rapidly in decline and the causal effect of this with mass unemployment did push our district into a gloomy time. Families did pull together to try and maintain a functional community. Yet Cathays did suffer it’s own share of Spiv’s and dealers trying to exploit a few of our families.
Men of Cathays who died in the Great War of which 17 were Members of the club but we will remember them all
William Sydney Eaton, George Semor, Thomas Redvers Davies, G Breach, W H Breach.
Thomas Austin Christopher, Albert Chapman, Frank Lane, Arthur Vanstone Atkins.
James Symons, Edward Dimond, Vivian Llewellyn, William Henry Morris, William John Evans.
Richard Henry Ham, Tom Priddle, Francis Walter Morgan, P H Williams Alfred Bowman.
D Clifford, Leonard William Williams, W H Morris, Robert Hopkirk Horsbrough, H Fry.
R Protheroe, Bertie Napper, F S Towler, Herbert Sidney Stinton, E Palfrey, H Fricker.
Clemont Brett Morgan, D S Davies, Marshall Carleton Gillett, P Collins, Thomas John Heal.
Maurice William Prendergast, Henry Arthur Dibble, A Martin, Cornelius Smith, Eli Robert Bond.
Thomas Onslow Fearey, Charles Edward Asplin, Alfred Ernest Lock, Ralph Shelper Williams.
Robert Glyn Roberts, Ernest James Berry, Percy Victor Stapleton, William Henry Orchard.
Albert Moses Belman, A Gronow, John James Jenkings, Hywel Llywelyn Jenkins, John John
William Edward Crouch, Fredrick William May, Joseph Charles Davies, William James King
Henry James Oldfield, W E Copner, Samul Hyde Batt Mulholland, T Coney, Richard Fendon
Henry George Christopher Dimery, Albert Fredrick Thomas Margrie, John Ernest Brock.
John Wilfrid Jones, Thomas Richard Cottrell, Lawrence Smith Baguley, Donald Mcneil.
William George Godfrey, Leslie Rowland Parker, Fredrick William Ovenden, Albert H Rylatt.
Albert Frand, David Peters, A C Parfitt, William Charles Stone, Ernest Henry Roach, A J Street.
W T Ludrigan, Harold Cecil Dunstan Harris, F J Carter, William Edgar Williams, T H Griffiths
Fredrick Archbald Woodman, Stewart Elliott Rex Stringer, Ansley Sloman, Reginald Bibbings.
Arthur John Tackley, W Thomas, Eli Lee, William Lane, William Henry Adams, Emrys Davies
Sydney Reginald Irwin, Arthur Edgar Byfield, Thomas Crawford Robson, Robert Burrrows
Aaron Simeon Cohen. Ernest John Fehrenbach, Alfred Percival Douglas Fehrenbach.
Frank Herbert Sonntag, Charles Bee, Reginald Victor Greenfield, Robert Burrows
Harold Joseph Webb, Alfred Henry Huggleston, George Maunder, Edward James Davies.
William George Thorne, Edward Frank Hunter, William Thomas Bowen, Owen Clements, William Fredrick Blunt
On 10th September 1891 in a meeting held at the Woodville Hotel it was resolved that a club be formed to be called the Cathays Constitutional Club The Cathays Constitutional Club opened on 10th October 1891.
President: H Cousins,
Chairman: DR. G.T. Horder,
Vice Chairman: J Rosser.
Treasurer: W Bradley
Secretary: L Hawcroft,
Trustees: DR Treharne, DR Morgan Williams. R Hughes Steward G Large
What was life like for our first members in 1891?
Great Britain was head of the British Empire, feared and respected throughout the world. The Queen Empress Victoria was on the throne. The Conservative Party was in power under the leadership of Lord Salisbury.
The major problems of the day were the Irish Question and the unrest in South Africa.
At home as more of the working men of Britain were given the vote, political awareness was spreading and the Conservatives were not slow to realise the growing potential in a hitherto virtually uneducated population.
the government introduced free compulsory education in 1891 and encouraged the growth of political clubs where ordinary working men could meet to relax and discuss matters of the day. In this progressive move the Conservatives stood alone. The Liberals under Gladstone were of the general opinion that the working class could not mix alcohol and politics and indeed many supported total abstinence .
Cardiff itself was a very different town, Due mainly to the development of its docks, the town had grown from 40,000 inhabitants in 1871 to 125,000 only twenty years later.
Growing prosperity with unprecedented improvements in wages and working conditions meant that, for the first time in the history of our nation, thought and financial assistance were being given to leisure activities and the provision of an environment which could provide a fuller life for the working population. Most of Cardiff’s superb parks were acquired and opened to the public during this period -Roath in 1894 ,Victoria in 1897 and Cathays in 1898.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CLUB
Dr. Treharne N. Bradley J. Rosser W. Gibson R. Mitchell W. Chapman R. Bidcut H. Davies P. Farrington.E. Cocks
W. Griffiths L Hawcroft.
In July 1891 these local businessmen met in the Woodville Hotel to discuss the formation of a club in the area. Further enquiries were made and a meetings were held, culminating on the 28th September with an offer from Messrs S A Brains to buy the premises of the St Andrews Parochial Club and Institute in Upper George Street and let it to the trustees of Cathays Constitutional Club for £100 a year on the condition that the club did not open all day on Sundays.In October the first Chairman was elected – Dr. Garrett T Horder and the first Steward was appointed Mr George Large.
The Club was officially opened by Lord Windsor on 10th October 1891.
By August 1894 the membership had grown to 250 and the name of the club changed to Cathays Conservative Club……