Events, Awards and Officers


‘Balconiers’  Speakers  (Organiser Ken Sharpe)
Hopefully first class cricket will return to St Helen’s and the Balconiers’ event reinstated in the ODA calendar.

2019     Stephen Hedges
2018     Mark Wallace
2017     Tony Lewis
2016     Malcolm Nash
2015     Don Shepherd
2014     Ossie Wheatley
2013     Alan Jones
2012     Peter Walker  

The Annual ODA Lecture Speakers

2024    Dr Peter Phillips  ‘Place and Person – Peter Goes to Prison From Dynevor’
2023    Stuart Batcup  ‘Thistleboon House: Why, When and How?’ 
2022    Prof. Peter Kokelaar  ‘Landscape Evolution of Southwest Wales’ delivered via Zoom
2022    Prof. Iwan Davies  ‘Universities in Wales – The New Imperatives’ delivered via Zoom
2020    Dr John Alban  ‘The Three Nights’ Blitz’ delivered via Zoom 
2019    Dr David Jeffreys  ‘The White Walls of Ancient Memphis, Egypt’s forgotten capital’
2018    The Lord Anderson  ‘The wanderings of a Swansea Boy’
2017    Tudor Price  ‘Dynevor Schoolboys in two World Wars’
2016    Prof. Richard Fortey  ‘The Wood for the Trees’
2015    Ted Nield  ‘Soil, why understanding the planet’s past is the key to our future’
2014    David Mercer  ‘A life in Tennis’
2013    Gerald Gabb  ‘A preview of RISW History Journal, No.22′
2012    Tim Richards  ‘The Real news is what they don’t want you to know.’
2011     Prof. Dudley Sinnett  ‘Surgery, Art and Science’
2010    Dr Brian Williams  ‘Rivers, Rocks, Reservoirs & Oil’
2009    Prof. John L Davies  ‘Life after Dynevor, The Global Wanderings of a Trouble-Shooting Professor’
2008    Spencer Feeney  ‘The future of the Evening Post’
2007    David Dickinson  ‘Weighing aircraft’
2006    David Tovey  ‘Three steps to heaven above…and other revelations’

2004    Spencer Davies (Davis) (Title? The lecture was given on his time in Dynevor and his subsequent career.)

2002    Edgar McCarthy  ‘From Tir John to Taiwan’

The Annual Dinner 

Organisers: Jeff Vaughan and Margaret Llewelyn. 
Past organisers: David and Gill Dickinson, Noel Blows, Keith Ferguson

Annual Dinner Speaker

2023      Graham Price
2022      No Dinner Speaker was arranged
2021      No Dinner Speaker was arranged
2020      Dinner postponed 
2019      No Annual Dinner Speaker was arranged for this year
2018      Jeff Burns
2017      Christopher Rees   
2016      Prof. Brian Williams
2015      Dennis Gethin
2014      Sir Alan Thomas
2013      Prof. Peter Stead
2012      Behnaz Akhgar
2011      Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams

The ODA/UWTSD Joint Lecture

2023    Mal Pope ‘My 50th Year Jubilee’
2018    John Ashley  ‘Swansea Aviation Pioneers’
2017    Rt. Hon Dr. Julian Lewis MP ‘The experiences of a Backbench MP’
2016    John Ashley ‘Buffalo Bill comes to Town’
2015    Prof. Mike Phillips ‘Coasts in peril from the sea’
2014    Sir John Meurig Thomas ‘Unpredictability in Science and Technology’
2013    Prof. Garel Rees ‘The Global Motor Industry in Wales’
2012    Jane Davidson AM
2011    John Evans OBE  ‘Breaking the Myths and Stereotypes of Disability’.
2010    Prof. Bernard Knight CBE (Title?  on his time as the Home Office Pathologist)
2009    Lord Donald Anderson of Swansea (Title?)
2008    Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestfach (Gave the inaugural lecture) (Title?)
Edgar McCarthy has provided the names of the speakers for the first three lectures, please contact the ODA if you recall the titles.


The President’s Awards

2023   Niamh O’Dobhain; Dawson Edwards; Safiyyah Azraa Altaf; Dafydd Wilson.
2022   The Award to University students was postponed, at the request of the university, in order for it to be presented at the Degree Summer Show in 2023. The fund for 2022 was donated to Sea View, St Helen’s and Terrace Road Primary Schools.       
2021   Award made to the University’s Student Hardship Fund.
2020   Award made to the University’s Student Hardship Fund.
2019   Alice Fribbence; Joelle Evans; Lee Davies; Sarah Rule; Tiegan Hughes; Africa Olle Marina. 
2018   Karen Lacey Freeman; Katie Parkes; Rebecca Davies.
2017   Zoe Noakes; Filofteia Gales; Stacey Brown; Linh Duong.
2016   Fracesca Murray-Shelley; Amnon Yoseph; Thomas Zulver; Iman Sayadi Choobari; Sophie Jenkins.
2015   Samantha Taylor; Gemma Alpine; Chris Jenkins; Daryl Lawrence; Silje Gron.
2014   Carys Spencer; Nathan Buller; Jacqeline Phillips; Lara Jones; Anna Brayshaw.
2013   Alex Wilkie; Amy Stead; Fahima Ali; Natalie Burgo.
2012   Desmond Bangura; Jamie Panton; Michelle Walker; James Coyle King.
2011   Lisa Fox; Chris Shopland; Tim Evans-Jones.
2010   Charlotte Vessey-MacPherson; Sean Morgan; Mark Greig. 
2009   ???
2007/8?   David Geraint Bevan; Rhiannon Robbins; Christine McCay.
2006?   Sean Toomey; Claire Louise Hacche; Caroline Shingairi.   

The Winners of the Peter Saword Golf Trophy (Organiser Peter Samuel, past Organiser Ken Sharpe)

2019    Peter Clement
2018    Peter Clement
2017    Michael Long
2016    Kelvin Howells
2015    Mike Porter
2014    Kelvin Howells

ODA Honorary Members

Pat Farmer
Graham Hanford
Prof. Medwin Hughes
Sir Bernard Knight
Prof. Andrea Liggins
Prof. Mike Phillips
Allan Smith
Prof. Ian Walsh
Prof. David Warner
Stephen White
Prof. Brian Williams
John Williams
Joyce Wills
Anne Winks

ODA Life Members

Bill Ball
Brian Coffey
David Davies
William Davies
David Dickinson
Murray Donald
Gordon Grainger
Ted Jenkins
Harry Jenkins
Bernard Jones
Eddie Morgan
Peter Palmer
David Preedy
Jim Regan
Mansel Secombe
Clifford Waghorn


The earliest ODA records were ‘lost’ to us during the bombing of Swansea but we are fortunate to have the School Magazine to provide us with some of the missing information.  We will endeavour to fill in the missing years, but if you can provide information, please let us know. 

The ODA Secretaries

E. H. Evans             1930 – 1931
Ron Evans and Arthur Jones 1932 – ?
W. H.  Lewis            1935? – 1939
Activities suspended 1940 – 1948
In June 1949, after a lapse of more than 8 years, the ODA was re-born
W. H.  Lewis            1949 – 1950?
Howell Mendus        1952 – ?
George Hounsell     1957 – 1997
Stuart Winks            2002 – 2008
Clem Williams         2008 – 2012
David Bemmer        2012 – 2013
Phill Davies             2013 – 2021
Pam Bashford         2021 –

The ODA Treasurers

David Davies         1930-
W. H. Lewis           1932 -?
Glan Powell           1935? – 1939
Activities suspended 1940 – 1948
Glan Powell           1949 – 1950?
G. G. Andrewartha 1952 – ?
D. I. Mort                 ? – 1975
Alan Goodwin        2002-
Robert Howells     -2008
Steve Way             2008-

The Dy’vorian Magazine Editor

David Farmer, Dave Tovey        TD01-16        Production: Jim Waygood
Peter Macpherson                     TD17-22        Production: Jim Waygood
Jeff Humphreys                         TD23-28        Production: Jim Waygood
Tudor Price                                TD29-34
Francis Morgan                         TD35-43

The ODA Web Master

Dave Tovey
Keith Evans
John Ashley – Website administrators: Pam Bashford and Phil Stone