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Historical news story

The great snow fall of 1982

Updated: 1st, March 2006
A picture of the "big snow" fall of 1982 Early in January 1982 Oakford, like so many other parts of Wales, was snowed in for 10 days. Here are the memories of some local residents on what it was like.
As Jenny Higgins went to bed one night she noticed it was starting to snow. The flakes were so fine that she was sure it wouldn't settle. When she woke in the morning several feet of deep hard packed snow covered the tops of the hedgerows and blocked the front doors. Snow had been blown off the fields tightly packing the roadways so that nothing was able to come in or out of the village by road for 10 days.

Derek Clifford had been driving home earlier that night and had arrived in Synod Inn to let the snow ease up. Within minutes the car was buried. He tooted SOS messages for help. Richard Howletts from Cringoed went out to look for him but without success. Derek made himself a hot drink by boiling snow water in a makeshift KitKat foil cup with his lighter. He took over two hours to escape and then found shelter in a nearby farmhouse. Another villager had to abandon his car an the track to Glan yr Avon. So deep was the snow that the car was not seen again until the thaw.

A picture of deep snow drifts blocking doorways during the 1982 snow falls A picture of the kids having a great time and extra holidays too playing in the deep snow!

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For five days nobody went to work and villagers enjoyed talking to gether out in the road. Then John from Maen Melin and Parry Jones started to walk to work. Other villagers walked hedgerow high to Llwyncelyn for supplies. Delyth Evans, only eight months old, needed her formula milk but fresh milk was collected from the nearby farmers who were having to throw it away on the fields. One lady was due to have her baby in two weeks managed to walk all the way across the snow to Aberaeron (about 4 miles) to be closer to medical assistance should she go into labour. It was so cold that Aberaeron harbour actually froze over! The electricity was off and the village ran out of fuel but local farmers hauled coal and gas across the fields.

After 10 days the JCB arrived at Oakford and dug a tunnel of snow making the road passable for vehicles once again.

For details of how the Village of Oakford came in to being: to view the history of the "birth" of Oakford Village, click here

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