Thomas Baker Jones WITH EACH YEAR of the Society's age it loses some of its founder-members with sad regularity. This year we mourn the passing of our third president-Thomas Baker Jones who was the father of our President of 1959. In a society which jealously bestows its honours-can it possibly happen again that out of nine presidents, three have come from the same family-from the same home? In these twelve years, our President her husband and her father have served this Society honourably and well. More than any of our families, they have supplied the solid base underlying the many activities of our more adventurous-and colourful characters. Mr. Baker Jones was born in 1862. For many years he practised as a solicitor at Newport in Monmouthshire and legend has it -backed by substantial fact-that he scored the very first try for Wales at rugby football. He grew to love Gower very much, after his only daughter married into the well-known Aeron Thomas family of Swansea. Whilst in his late eighties he catalogued the famous Mackworth papers for the Royal Institution of South Wales and in his early nineties he made an immaculate index of the first eight volumes of Gower." Almost until the end he was a very active member of the Society, regularly attended its meetings and was in the van at its guided-walks during the year of his presidency. No-one who has been privileged to know the Aeron Thomas family can have failed to notice the great attachment which existed between this father and daughter. Mr. Baker Jones was a highly civilized man who had given his mind to the great problems of his day. In appearance and conduct he showed evidence of a life lived on a very high ethical plane. He had a firm philosophy for living and that philosophy outlived his life, for many are the noble ideas planted by him in the minds where he chose to plant. His life was a long and noble one and his was a truly lovable personality. For as long as I live I know I shall keep in my heart a great warmth for the memory of Thomas Baker Jones. G. J. Gower Gardens Competition, 1959 THE GARDENS entered for the competition were judged on July 7th. They numbered twenty-one in all and they were well distributed throughout the Peninsula. There were Two in Southgate, one in Kittle, one in Parkmill, one in Horton, one in Rhosili, two in Penclawdd, and twelve in Three Crosses. The judges worked to a carefully graded system of points and the aggregate points of each competitor decided the result. In