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A newspaper article reporting on the Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations of Penylan House, Jewish old age home. The photograph features thirteen members of the Home’s management committee. The caption details the celebration dinner, which was held at Sherman Hall [Penylan Synagogue], Brandreth Road, Penylan, Cardiff and attended by nearly two hundred people. Entertainment was provided by singers from the Welsh National Opera. The Home is described as having 57 rooms and serving the Jewish community in South Wales and the West of England.

The Welsh National Opera was founded in 1946 by a group of people from across South Wales, including miners, teachers and doctors. At the time of Penylan House’s fiftieth anniversary (1997), the Welsh National Opera was based at the New Theatre, Cardiff but moved to Cardiff Bay in 2004.

Pencare (formerly known as 'The Trustees of Penylan House') is a charity, which offers care for elderly people of the Jewish faith and is currently based in Cardiff, although the catchment area for the home covers South Wales and the West of England. Pencare has been working with Linc Cymru to redevelop their care home, Penylan House, to ensure high quality care to Cardiff's elderly Jewish community and extending the care to elderly people not of the Jewish faith.

Mr Henry Silver and other members of the community had originally founded a Home for the Aged in 1946 in Canton, which then moved to Penarth, its official opening being 5 December 1948, to provide a larger space for its large number of applications. Despite the beautiful surroundings, the Home in Penarth was quite isolated so the difficult decision was later taken to move the Home to Penylan Road in Cardiff, meaning many residents were now closer to their friends and relatives. Residents moved to Penylan House in 1959.

Sources:
https://wno.org.uk/about/our-history;
http://opencharities.org/charities/243968 http://www.housingcare.org/downloads/facilities/generated-brochures/134508-penylan-house-nursing-home-cardiff-wales.pdf;
Cajex, Magazine of the Association of Jewish Ex-service Men and Women (Cardiff), Vol. IX, No. 1, Ninth Year - March, 1959, pp. 60- 65.

Depository: Glamorgan Archives.

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