We’d blossomed into a club not only for men, but women and some children as well. With contacts made with rose societies in Cardiff, Swansea, Bristol and Hereford, we learned a lot more.
By the early seventies our shows (which we then held at the Maes-yr-Haf hall in Trealaw) were overflowing with exhibits as other societies gave us support. Treseder’s rose nursery based in Cardiff put on some magnificent displays for us, which ensured their order book was filled. Our members were by now spreading their wings. One member in particular Victor Baily Wood walked with a bucket full of roses to Tonypandy rail station, (about a mile) caught the early train to Bristol, then caught a bus to the show. I myself can remember marvelling at my estate car full to the brim with wonderful roses and dreaming of the prizes I was going to win. Jumping in the car ready to drive all the way to Holker Hall in the Lake District Cumbria, only to realise that my wife and two young children had to share the passenger seat - I say this today full of remorse and shame. Society members were now regularly travelling to national shows and others across the country and winning their fair share of prizes.
By the late seventies four of our members had passed the national judges exam and was officiating at rose shows across most of England and Wales. During the eighties we formed a quiz team to compete at the annual national rose quiz. Although not successful in the early years, Rhondda Rose Society (as we now had renamed ourselves) won it many times right up to the new millennium, sadly it has now been discontinued. During the nineties we moved our show venue to the world renowned Park and Dare hall in Treorchy in an attempt to attract more visitors. We again moved our venue in 2001 to our present home at the Rhondda Heritage Park, a mining museum at the lower end of the Rhondda Valley where we continue to enjoy the best hospitality. Our quiz team that year again hit the headlines by winning a BBC gardening quiz called Know your Onions.
It's now 2013 and the society still continues to thrive. Up to the present day our society members have judged at national rose shows in California, The Channel Islands, had invitations to judge roses in France, given lectures in China and New York. So we hope that we have been a good and strong influence in the horticultural world. 2014 will be our 50th anniversary. Let’s hope it will be special.