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VILLAGERS
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Selwyn remained strong in his faith in spite of the death of his wife in 1986 from cancer and the subsequent death of their two sons. He published his autobiography My Story in 2004, and in 2005 Brunel University awarded him an honourary Doctor of Divinity for his service to Christian education.
Following a long fight against prostrate cancer, Selwyn passed into the presence of his Lord on 9 January 2006.

According to the Amazon (UK) website, the following are his ten best selling books
       The Pocket Guide for People Helpers (Jun 2004)
Christ Empowered Living: Celebrating Your Significance in God (Jun 2001)
Stay Spiritually Fresh (Every Day with Jesus Devotional Collection) (Jul 2004)
Every Day with Jesus Devotionals: The Spirit-Filled Life (Sep 2003)
Every Day with Jesus: The Armour of God (Jul 2004)
Christ Empowered Living Workbook (Jan 2004)
Selwyn Hughes: My Story (Feb 2004)
Marriage as God Intended (Sep 2005)
If Jesus Were Your Counsellor (Aug 2000)
How to Help a Friend (Dec 2000)
Gary Watkins
Opera Singer

Gary Watkins, the eldest son of the late Bob and Kitty Watkins lived at 5 Pontlottyn Road, Fochriw from 1955 - 1971. He was educated at Fochriw Primary School from 1960 and then at Bargoed Grammar School. He joined the South Wales Police Force and was stationed at Merthyr Tydfil.

From 1981 - 1984 he studied Lyrical Tenor Voice at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and became a full-time professional singer.

He has appeared in South Africa, Europe and all the major opera houses in Great Britain, including the prestigeous Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He is currently (2006) a full time tenor with the Welsh National Opera Company and regularly appears on S4C television and in 2008 Garry completed his 2000th performance with the Welsh national Opera.

His other interests are beekeeping and mountaineering and has summated over forty 4000 metre peaks in the European Alps and only a serious back injury prevented him from climbing Mount Everest in 2000. He has a first British ascent under his belt, the north-west face of the Skessuhorn which is a 1138 metre face of ice and rock which he climbed during the winter period in temperatures of minus 20-30 degrees Celscius.

Gary is also widely travelled and recently completed an expedition across Europe and Asia, taking in the countries of Russia, Siberia, Mongolia and China and rode through the Mongolian Sreppes to the Gobi desert on horseback and camel
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