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A school teacher in Nantymoel and an elected Communist Councillor during the 1930s and 40s, Mavis Llewellyn was well known for championing many local causes, particularly those relating to unemployment and health. Her uncle, Fred, was a Communist county councillor. The astonishing news that police had raided the family home came in the Daily Worker of 21 December 1934, which headlined: “Looking For Guns And Bombs!”
Five police officers raided the house in Nantymoel. After ransacking the house from top to bottom, about to leave, they refused to say what they intended to do next. As Fred Llewellyn put it: “Every nook, cranny and receptacle in every room of the house was ransacked in search of deadly weapons. I accompanied the officers during their search, even to the coal cellar. Events are moving apace at Ogmore Valley, and Fascism, emboldened by the passing of the Sedition Bill and the Unemployment Bill, stalks through the valley with arrogance.”
Clearly a provocation, the incident roused tremendous mass feeling. A mass meeting was held and the matter was raised in miners' lodges and on the county council. Actually, the house in question actually belonged to the Llewellyn’s brother and his wife, with whom he lodged. As everyone in the village knew, they had “no connection whatever with the Communist Party, both being ardent religionists and life Members of the Calvinistic Church".
However, his niece, Mavis, would become a Communist councillor in 1936 and later a parliamentary candidate. She was the partner of Lewis Jones, (see separate entry) also a Communist county councillor, who died before completing one of his great novels, We Live. Mavis Llewellyn is reputed to have completed the final tender sections of the novel after Jones' early death.
In later life, Mavis Llewellyn lived at 47 Commercial Street, Natymoel, near Bridgend. South Wales. She was also a candidate in the 1950 general election for the Party.