Last week Volunteering Matters brought together neighbours for an intergenerational event – the long established Llanllwni Connections group, who meet monthly in Tafarn y Talardd, and the Key Stage 2 pupils from Ysgol Llanllwni which is next door.
The group brought along toys, crafts, photographs and artifacts from their childhood and the children enjoyed a ‘sgwrs’ with the group.
Children moved about the room at the Talardd discussing different topics. There was a table with old toys, including a very senior dog and his bear friend (Edward), along with some timeless classics such as spud-guns and jacks.
Elaine Williams had brought along a gas mask that she’d been issued with as a child and the pupils looked at ration books and tried to imagine what life must have been like. It was perfect weather to talk about holidays and the pupils looked at photographs by the seaside (complete with knitted swimming costumes).
Local historian Ken kept the children totally entranced with his stories. Food was up for discussion too and there was beautiful Bara Brith to get the taste buds going.
Both the children and the group enjoyed meeting each other, and it was lovely to see initial shyness melt away as the generations bonded over common interests. Both parties were keen to meet again and were discussing meeting to talk about Christmas, and how it’s changed over the years.
All in all we hope this might be the start of a beautiful friendship!
Thanks so much to the Llanllwni Connections group, Ysgol Llanllwni and Tafarn Y Talardd for their hospitality.