THE GROUP started out as Outpost '4:1: named after Mr Tyrer's pupils - "Letters from Evacuees in South Wales from Waterloo" – in 1941. These pupils held a reunion at Picton Road Hall, Waterloo on Tuesday April 3 2001. Brenda Riddick asked them to bring photographs and mark their memories down so that we could mark the event with an album compiled by Stan Melhuish, Harry Harwood and Les Thomas named "60 years on". In June 2001 a visit was arranged to meet the Mayor, Councillor Anthony Hill, at Southport Town Hall.
OPERA (Older People Enabling Resource and Action) assisted in organising a return visits for evacuees to Abercrave and Ystradgynlais with Mike Bates driving their minibus. Altogether 120 people (evacuees and relatives) attended a civic reception held for us in the Miners' Club Hall (July 20 2001) in Abercrave.
The group kept in touch with Tuesday meetings at Crosby Library with occasional 'speaker' meetings at Picton Road Hall. In June 2002 our Wolsh friends were invited to visit "Merseyside" and a reception was arranged to meet Mayor Kevin Clusky at Bootle Town Hall. We went on to Christ Church Parish Hall for lunch before taking the Ystradgynlais Plate to Crosby Library. Valerie Brent from Swansea presented Brenda Riddick with a "Red Dragon" which we named Dieniol (after a Welsh saint).
On December 3 2002 it was decided to form a committee in order to obtain funding for monthly "history based" meetings. The name of the group was to be "St. John's Local History Group" as we met in St. John's Church Hall. More than 10 years on St. John's Local History Group is a self-sustaining organisation meeting on a monthly basis in St. John's Parish Centre, Waterloo.