MS celebrates her former teacher’s 100th birthday

A former Bangor teacher celebrated a very special birthday recently. Enid Griffith was born in the Powys town of Llandrindod, but moved to Gwynedd when she was three years old. She was born the daughter of Griffith and Kate Roberts, and her father was made head at Ysgol Ganol Llanrug. She received her secondary education at Bangor County School for Girls. From there she went to study Biology at North Wales University College, Bangor.

Enid began her teaching career at Manchester Grammar School for Girls, however she was asked by the headmistress of her former school to return to teach in Bangor.

A reorganization of secondary education in Bangor in 1971 lead to the combining of three schools – Ysgol Friars, the Bangor County School for Girls and Ysgol Deiniol. Enid was appointed Deputy Head and she remained there until her retirement at the age of 61.

Despite retiring, Enid didn’t rest on her laurels. She was a member of the Friends of Treborth Botanic Garden for 20 years and supported them in all their work, including helping the Newsletter’s writers with the Welsh language version.

She was later made an honorary member of the Friends.

She was also active with the North Wales Nature Trust, the Alpine Garden Society and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. She is also a member of the Soroptimists and has served as president of the branch in Bangor.

On the occasion of Enid’s 100th birthday, which she celebrated on the 15th of September, Siân Gwenllian, who represents the local area in the Senedd visited Mrs. Griffith. The MS is one of Enid’s former pupils.

“I have years’ worth of fond memories of Bangor County School for Girls.

“Mrs. Griffiths and other teachers gave me a sound footing to realize my life’s ambitions.

“I wouldn’t be in the position I am today, being able to bring real change to people’s lives were it not for the inspiration of individuals in my past like Enid Grifiths.

“During my weekly community visits in Arfon I am often amazed by people’s readiness to roll up their sleeves and work to improve society. Enid is clearly one of those people.

“It was a pleasure to visit Enid in Bangor to wish her a happy birthday.”

Photo: Siân Gwenllian with her former teacher, Enid Griffiths. This visit was made prior to the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

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