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A greetings telegram addressed to Mrs Anne Sherman of Park Lodge, Queens Road, Merthyr Tydfil, from George Thomas, the Secretary of State for Wales, congratulating her for having been appointed MBE for her services to charity in 1969.

There is a colourful image of woodland animals below the message that appears to be by Harry Titcombe, a wildlife artist known for his images of birds.

About the Sherman family.

Simon Sherman – a tailor who hailed from Eastern Europe – had four sons and four daughters with his wife Rachel. Their sons were named Isaac, Jack, Abraham (Abe) and Harry. All eight children were raised in the Riverside area of Cardiff.

During World War I, Isaac, Jack and Harry moved to America. Prior to this, the brothers had begun a bookmaking business together in Glebeland Street, Merthyr Tydfil. When Harry returned to Wales, he and Abe entered into another business venture: Sherman Pools Limited. This company employed thousands of people from the alleys as well as Cardiff residents. It would eventually be taken over by Littlewoods in June 1961. They also opened betting shops which greatly contributed to their shared fortune. This betting business was later taken over by William Hill.

Abe Sherman was born in Bristol on 16 June 1892. Together with his brother Harry, he funded the construction of the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff. The pair also made generous donations to charities in Israel – including the Hebrew University in Jerusalem – as well as in the United Kingdom through The Sherman Foundation. Recipients of Harry’s donations included the Penylan Synagogue and Catholic Nazareth House – to which he sent presents and a tree every Christmas. When Harry died in 1961, donations to eleven charities were included in his will.

Abe and his wife Anne (Annie) settled down at Park Lodge, Queen’s Road, Thomastown in Merthyr Tydfil. The couple were dedicated gardeners who maintained two greenhouses and kept battery hens. Abe died on 17 November 1965 aged 73. Anne was awarded an MBE for her charitable works. She was also one of the founders of Merthyr Tydfil Hebrew Congregation. Anne died in 1984.

Sources.

- ‘Abe Sherman’, in Geni.com [accessed 1 October 2020]

- Garden at Park Lodge, online video recording, BFI Player, 1938 [accessed 1 October 2020]

- O'Neill, Dan, ‘Generous Sherman brothers should not be forgotten; Time to remember’, South Wales Echo, 19 November 2001 [accessed 1 October 2020]

- People’s Collection Wales, Newspaper obituary of Anne Sherman (1984) [accessed 1 October 2020]

- Pyke, Chris, ‘Welsh History Month: Judaism has a long and interesting history in Wales, one that stretches as far back as 1768’, Wales Online, 17 October 2014 [accessed 1 October 2020]

- Roberts, Marcus, Trail: Merthyr Tydfil – South Wales [accessed 1 October 2020]

- Trainor, Tony, ‘Welsh Homes: Fine example of the Jewish heritage; PARK LODGE: Impressive home behind synagogue recalls prominent members of community’, Western Mail, 1 June 2002 [accessed 1 October 2020]

Depository: Merthyr Tydfil Central Library.

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