Teddy the Whistler

 

Teddy the Whistler

 

Another Pentrechwyth personality was a man named Teddy Griffiths, better known to every-one by “Teddy the Whistler”. A religious man who gave his services freely to help all human suffering, also he was quick to respond to help in any charitable cause of any kind. He was most popular in our Band of Hope concerts with his two whistles, encores galore for Teddy he must have played the same tunes hundreds of times, and walked many miles to play for any charitable cause.

He was also a great sick visitor, a member of Church of England did not make the slightest difference to him, he visited patients alike chapel or church in hospitals or in their homes and a short prayer for all on leaving. One of his weaknesses was when paying a visit to some-one ill in bed, he always wanted to taste the medicine, prescribed by Dr. Evans. This would be made up by Dr. Taylor the dispenser, all the prescriptions for medicine were the same. After going to the surgery with two or three of my pals with bottles for different complaints, they all looked the same to us, when Teddy had tasted the medicine, he would remark, that tasted the same as (so & so) had who died three weeks ago.

He was one of the founders of the Prayer Meetings which were held weekly in a classroom of Miss Jones’s school, and he was always first to start the meeting, with the words God Bless this little gathering and would continue with the same prayer week after week in dead ernestness. Very much more earnest than some that went to make a show, with far better education and could keep on praying, but if asked to assist some good cause, they always could get out of that, in a village we knew them all, but did not have the courage to tell them only one could do that “Harris Adulam” he had no mercy for ‘backsliders’ as he used to call them, and could preach to them in a stinging sermon that would take a week to get over.