He was appointed in 1922 to a post with the National Savings Movement in Cardiganshire — a rather prosaic occupation for one with such a lively personality. Within eighteen months, he left to become the secretary of the Liberal Party in Montgomeryshire where David Davies of Llandinam (see above) was the M.P. When Davies resigned in 1929 , Thomas Hughes Jones became an administrator with the Council for the Protection of Rural Wales which was based at Aberystwyth . His duties involved travelling the length and breadth of Wales to promote, mainly through lectures, the preservation of the natural beauty of Wales . The new post gave him an opportunity to spend Sundays at home. When he worked in Montgomeryshire , he lectured to the small societies in the county and held a successful Sunday school class, as well as a reading class, at Bethel Calvinistic Methodist chapel in Newtown . He was made an elder there in 1936 . He m. in 1934 Enid Bumford from Llanfair Caereinion , a college friend. He left his post with the Commission for the Protection of Rural Wales in 1932 for a part-time post, teaching Welsh , at Newtown grammar school . He also held external classes in Newtown . At the outbreak of World War II , a panel of teachers, with Jones as chairman and David Rowlands as Secretary , was established to consider improvements in the teaching of local history in schools . In 1941 , the panel devised a syllabus for local history which was adopted by the Education Committee and distributed to every school in Montgomeryshire . The chairman 's task was to arrange a programme to celebrate St. David's Day; this was held in every school and one of the county's worthies was the subject of each annual celebration. Jones was called upon to address meetings of teachers and the interest shown by school inspectors ensured that other counties became aware of the Montgomeryshire programme for local history. In 1946 an emergency training college for teachers was set up at Wrexham , which in time became known as the Cartrefle Education College ; Jones was responsible for the course on Welsh-medium education . He was appointed deputy-principal of the College in 1956 . Jones was in his element at Cartrefle College and the students later remembered him with great affection. He retired in 1962 and d. 11 May 1966 .
He turned to prose writing during his military service and he is now known more for his short stories (especially the long short-story) than for poetry. For many years, he contributed stories and essays to Welsh periodicals, and in English to Welsh Outlook ; he achieved a reputa- tion in this field when he won the prose medal at the 1940 Mountain Ash national eisteddfod for his long short-story, ‘ Sgweier Hafila ’. He was a frequent adjudicator for literature and drama at the national eisteddfod ; together with B.T. Hopkins , another Blaenpennal man, he was on the panel of adjudicators for the crown at Cardiff in 1960 . He reviewed books for Y Faner , Lleufer , and Yr Athro .
He published Sgweier Hafila a storïau eraill ( 1941 ); Amser i ryfel ( 1944 ); Mewn diwrnod a storïau eraill ( 1948 ); Gildas Tibbott edited Atgofion a storïau eraill ynghyd â detholiad o ysgrifau, sgyrsiau a cherddi ( 1971 ).
Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001