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Olwen Lewis

History of Mrs Olwen Lewis, *B.E.M.

Born in Cynghordy, Olwen was the daughter of a local builder.

Olwen lived in the locality all her life and at one time ran a baby shop in Stone Street.  She was a caring dedicated lady and her voluntary work was quite remarkable :-

For many years she was a member of the Blind Committee and the Community Health; she also organised the Baby Clinic at Llanfair Surgery.

A Founder Member of the Young Farmers Club and Vice President for 40 years.

One of the first members of the W.I.

Chair person of the Local Red Cross and organised the blood transfusion service locally and helped with the blood clinics at the hospital.

Encouraged younger members of the town and district to join the Red Cross to hold first aid classes.

Was promoted to commandant of the Red Cross.

A founder member of the meals on wheels (The Y.F.C. purchased a car so that the meals could be delivered.)

Olwen and her friend Mrs Dilys Need formed the Housebound and Handicapped Club in 1980

She was a founder Member of the Hospital League of Friends.   This Committee continues to work and raise money for the hospital today.

In the 1980s Olwen was honoured with the B.EM. for commitment to the district and town of Llandovery.

*B.E.M : British Empire Medal.

The British Empire Medal is granted in recognition of meritorious civil or military service. Recipients are entitled to use the post-nominal letters “BEM”.






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