Four Generations at the Threepenny Bit

We are looking for “Four Generations”, from our area, particularly with connections to and memories of the Three Penny Bit. If you and your family fit the bill get in touch with us via facebook, give us a ring or call in to see us. We would love to feature your story.


Bridging the Gap at CoStar

Four Generations of the Bridges Family recently celebrated at the christening of newest arrival Amie-Grace.  Alan and Beryl their daughter Donna, Grandson James and great granddaughter Amie-Grace welcomed the rest of their lively family to this special occasion.  

Alan was born in the Square, Upper Cwmbran and Beryl in Pentrepiod, Pontypool, they met at the Queen’s dance hall in Pontypool, 60 years ago.  Alan worked in Avondale in Ty Newydd and Beryl in the tin stamp factory in Pontnewydd.


Beryl has always had a lovely singing voice, for many years she sang for audiences in pubs and clubs first of all in Pontypool and later in Cwmbran.  Her daughter Donna says “she sounded just like Shirley Bassey”.

Beryl and Alan were married at Ambrey Methodist Church in Pontnewynydd in 1959. They lived in a cottage in Pentrepiod where their first child Deborah was born and later moved to a flat in Trevethin.  When Deb was 6 years old they moved to Pontnewydd in Cwmbran.    Deb wasn’t an only child for long, twins Donna and Paul came along, followed some years later by Beryl and Alan’s youngest daughter Lee.

During the 1960s Alan worked on building the then brand new homes around Jule Road in Fairwater.  Beryl worked in the fruit and veg shop, “Richardsons” in Pontnewydd, she was a well-known face behind the counter for many years.  The shop on the corner between Commercial Street and Chapel Street is now a dental surgery.  Beryl also worked in the Fish and Chip shop and a newsagent in Pontnewydd.

Over the years the family has remained very close, meeting up regularly to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions.  Deb, Donna and Paul all live in Cwmbran with their families, but Lee has wandered further afield and lives in Prince George, Canada with her husband.  Lee enjoys the outdoor life and likes walking, camping and snowboarding in the Canadian countryside. Lee keeps in touch with her Mum and Dad, brother and sisters via Sykpe over the internet.

Deb will be a familiar face to visitors at CoStar, she is our receptionist and welcomes everyone to the Three Penny Bit as they arrive.  Deb has worked for CoStar for 8 years, she started with us when we were based in the Power Station St.Dials, through to the Housing Office in Fairwater and now the Three Penny Bit.  Deb plays a part in many of our activities and it will be Deb who you will speak to if you ring up to book the hall or if you save with Gateway Credit Union.  Deb a great Elvis fan, has together with her sister Donna been saving for 2 years to go to visit Elvis’s home “Graceland” in Memphis, Tennessee.

Beryl and Alan are regular diners for lunch each Wednesday at the Three Penny Bit.   Beryl rings Deb each week to find out what is on the menu, she likes to chat with our cook Marina and discuss what will be served up in the future.  Alan comes to late breakfast each Tuesday with Donna and sometimes James and Amie-Grace’s mother Christina have breakfast too.


Four Generations at the Threepenny Bit

Shirley Styles is the head of our first four generation family.

Shirley was originally a Blaenavon girl, she was born in a flat in Broad Street in the 1940’s, her own daughter Cindy was born in the same flat in the 1960s.

Today Shirley lives in St.Dials.


Shirley and her family moved to Fairwater in the 1960s, later she moved to Greenmeadow and set up home there, Cindy attended Hollybush Junior School and Fairwater Comprehensive.   They both have connections with the Three Penny Bit right from the beginning up until today. Shirley joined in with the keep fit classes, enjoyed playing bingo and took Cindy to playgroup at the hall. Cindy who now lives in Greenmeadow, remembers going to jazz band as a young girl and setting off from the Three Penny Bit for trips to Barry Island.

Nowadays Shirley and Cindy come to the hall each Tuesday morning for breakfast, they bring with them Cindy’s daughter Sara and Sara’s daughters Hayley aged 7 and baby Scarlet.

Sara like her mum Cindy joined in with the jazz band at The Three Penny Bit and remembers coming to birthday parties here. Now grown up Sara has booked the hall for birthday parties for her own little girl. At just 4 months old Scarlet is the youngest member of the four generations and will as time goes by, experience her own memories of the Three Penny Bit.



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